Friday, December 23, 2011

Mandevilla Vine


Mandevilla splendens

(man-de-VILL-uh) (SPLEN-denz)

Synonyms: M. boliviensis, Dipladenia

This staple of the tropical vines seems to get a few new varieties every year. We enjoyed the light pink on this one this year and it is still blooming in the greenhouse. The cultivar was not marked when it was purchased but is a nice one. The flowers seem to get a little pinker as the flowers age.

The naming on this plant seems to be a little mixed up. I will always call it Mandevilla. This Brazilian native used to be called Dipladenia but I believe that is no longer considered correct. To reach its full glory the plants need full sun and adequate moisture, although it will tolerate some dry spells when established. Since it is tropical we usually grow it in containers where it reaches up to 6 feet tall. It does need a little training and support to look neat but the work is minimal.

"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."

Frank Lloyd Wright

American Architect



Ruby said...

love the quote!!! and these flowers are so cheerful!

Kitchen Stools said...

New varieties of tropical vines seems so beautiful. Mandevilla is a nice name for it. Nice post is shared here. All flowers are new.