Medinilla magnifica, otherwise known as Showy Melastome, is a beautiful large shrub native to the Philippines. Growing upright in a lightly vase-shaped form, this evergreen epiphyte reaches 5 to 10-feet tall in its native environment. In colder climates, it can be grown as a smaller plant, typically 2-5 feet tall.
This large shrub requires well-drained soil in semi-shade or partial shade. It prefers moist, humus-rich conditions and a regular watering in the growing season. It produces beautiful, fragrant pink flowers on panicles that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Medinilla magnifica is hardy in USDA zones 10-11, and though it can be difficult to grow in cold climates, it is possible with the right care. When grown in cold regions, the plant should be placed in a pot and kept in an area where it will receive indirect sunlight. It needs to stay warm, and must be kept in a bright spot on cooler days. Water when the top 2 inches of soil dry out, and fertilize in spring and summer. Protect the plant from the cold, and ensure it stays above 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.
Overall, Medinilla magnifica is an attractive tropical plant with lush foliage and stunning pink flowers. When given the right amount of light, water, and fertilizer, it can thrive in both warm and cool climates. With proper care, this stunning shrub can bring color and beauty to any garden!