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Abutilon megapotamicum


Trailing abutilon

Dramatic tropical looking flowers

An amazing semi-evergreen shrub with slender, arching branches and dark green leaves. It is nearly always in bloom throughout the spring and summer months, producing an abundance of red and gold flowers with purple anthers that hang like lanterns along the branches. Best grown as a wall-shrub with some support it is an excellent alternative to a climber with a long period of interest.


A wonderful plant for a warm, sheltered wall or fence in full sun in a border or in a large pot or container.


Any well drained soil. If planting in a container use John Innes No. 3 or simmilar loam based compost. Prune lightly in spring if necessary to promote lots of branching and flowers. Young plants and when growing up a wall it may need some support.

A beautiful member of the mallow family hailing from South America

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Climber, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering April - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Patio container

Typically available

From April to September