Mussaenda Dona Evangelina, Mussaenda

Mussaenda Dona Evangelina

Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: West Tropical Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plant

Mussaenda Dona Evangelina can reach up to 5-10 feet in height and is a deciduous plant. It prefers full sun and regular water for optimal growth and blooming. The flowers are vinous red or crimson and its bright bracts are the showstopper of the plant - making an attractive contrast to its medium green foliage in the garden. This large shrub is attractive to many pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds and will bring life to your outdoor space.

For being a tropical plant, Mussaenda Dona Evangelina can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. It can also be grown in cooler regions that experience some freezes, such as in containers like large pots. It is important to place it in a spot with some protection from strong winds and extreme cold, and to be mindful of winter temperatures. Covering the plant with frost cloth or horticulture fleece will give the plant additional protection against the cold temperatures. It should be watered regularly, when the soil is dry to touch, and fertilized with an all-purpose fertilizer. To fertilize, dilute the fertilizer to half strength and feed the plant every two weeks or as needed in conjunction with regular watering.

Mussaenda Dona Evangelina is a great choice for large gardens and will create a real WOW factor with its bright bracts. It's easy to care for and can provide a great source of food and shelter to pollinators. With some protection from the cold and regular water and fertilizing, this large shrub is sure to bring color and life to any outdoor space.

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