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Mandevilla

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Mandevilla

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Mandevilla

Category Vine
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Angiospermae
Order Gentianales
Family Apocynaceae
Species in this genus
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Aden Earth Zone

6 - 20

Cultivation

  • Cultivation: Easy-To-Grow
  • Light: Sun
  • Soil: Rich
  • pH: 7
  • Moisture: Medium

Characteristics

  • Form: Vine
  • Habit: Deciduous
  • Flower: Large
  • Fruit/Seed: Medium
  • Foliage: Leaves, Green
  • Uses: Ornamental

About

Mandevilla ()[1] is a genus of plants belonging to the family Apocynaceae, the Periwinkle family. It consists of about 100 species, mostly tropical and subtropical flowering Vines.
Mandevilla is native to Central and South America and many Mandevillas come originally from the Serra dos Órgãos forests in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The genus was named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener.
Mandevillas develop spectacular flowers in warm climates. The flowers come in a variety of colours, including white, pink, yellow, and red. As climbers, Mandevillas can be trained against a wall or trellis to provide a leafy green and often flowering picture of beauty. They have a tendency to attract insects like Mealybugs and scales.
While Mandevilla scabra is sometimes as an additive to the psychedelic drink Ayahuasca, there is no evidence that it is psychoactive in its own right.[2] It is, however, considered to be toxic.[3]

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References

  1. Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  2. Ayahuasca Analogues
  3. "Poisonous Plants of North Carolina," Dr. Alice B. Russell, Department of Horticultural Science; In collaboration with: Dr. James W. Hardin, Department of Botany; Dr. Larry Grand, Department of Plant Pathology; and Dr. Angela Fraser, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina State University.

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