Mussaenda frondosa, Schizomussaenda

Mussaenda frondosa

Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Indo-China to Malaysia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plant

This is a rounded evergreen tropical shrub or sub-shrub that will grow to 10ft tall in tropical areas, but more likely will reach 1-3ft tall in containers. Clusters (corymbs) of small, tubular flowers with five spreading lobes bloom in summer, however it is the large and colorful, ovate, leaf-like sepals (to 3" long) that provide the real ornamental display. Some individual flowers in each cluster will develop a single enlarged sepal. Elliptic to ovate, bright green leaves (to 6" long).

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