Brazilian Bellflower or Trailing Abutilon
Abutilon megapotamicum is a smaller growing species sometimes referred to as the Trailing Abutilon or Brazilain Bell Flower. Its habit is lax; however, it is more of an arching small shrub than an actual ground cover.
This species really does deserve the ‘Chinese Lantern’ name with its pendulous flowers hanging in rows, red with yellow petals beneath. It is a very attractive plant that reminds us of the common name.
Foliage is a nice green, with a variegated form also available. Although Abutilon megapotamicum is a little frost tender, it copes well in the garden with the protection of taller plants.
How to Grow Trailing Abutilon
- 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.
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
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