Abutilon megapotamicum – The Brazilian Bellflower
Abutilon megapotamicum is a smaller growing species sometimes referred to as the ‘trailing Abutilon’ or Brazilain Bell Flower. Its habit is lax, however more of an arching small shrub than an actual ground cover.
This is a species that really does the ‘Chinese Lantern’ name.
Abutilon megapotamicum with its pendulous flowers hanging in rows red with yellow petals beneath reminds us of the name.
Foliage is a nice green with a variegated form also available, and although Abutilon megapotamicum is a little frost tender it copes well in the garden with the protection of taller plants.
- A humus rich well drained soil
- Full sun to part shade depending on climate, more shade in warmer drier areas
- Mulch well in spring to maintain moisture
- Fertilise with a general purpose fertiliser in spring, water well before applying
Abutilon megapotamicum is best pruned hard in spring if needed and can be tidied up a little in summer if needed.
Pests and Diseases
Whitefly and scale can be minor problems, both easily controlled.
Links and Resources
- Abutilon “Boule de Neige”
- Abutilon x milleri
- Abutilon ‘Nabob’ Photograph UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research’
- Trailing Abutilon (Abutilon megapotamicum)
- Enkianthus campanulatus
Abutilon megapotamicum are available for sale form the following nurseries
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