Sunday, January 04, 2015

Showy Medinilla

Showy Medinilla
Medinilla magnifica
(med-in-NIL-uh) (mag-NIH-fee-kuh)

This is a tender tropical plant native to the Philippines. It has slowly become available here in the Northeastern United States. It is usually in flower when offered. It can be used as a big container plant or a greenhouse plant. It doesn’t do great as a houseplant since it craves high humidity. The foliage is a great dark green with veins. It can be a little coarse looking but definitely adds a tropical flair.

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