A lovely introduction from Monterey Bay Nursery in the USA, Abutilon Ines is a Megapotanicum hybrid variety with copious parchment yellow flowers (which deepen with age) and contrasting maroon sepals. Ines forms a nice bushy shrub and is not as tall as the parent species but can still usefully be grown against a wall or fence. Hardy to around -5C or perhaps a little more. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 4 or 5 feet. Available in 2 litre or 1 litre pot.
There is a subtlety about Abutilon Ines which we like: the shade of yellow that suffuses the petals is interestingly pale, contrasting well against the chocolatey maroon of the calyx, the combination being a particularly pleasing one. And there are lots of those flowers to feel pleased about.
Monterey Bay Nursery, Californian wholesale growers with a bit of a specialism in abutilons, introduced Ines in 2005 and describe it as ‘a very good, showy, high-contrast variety’. We see no reason to argue with that. You can check out a list of their plants here. Enough to make you drool, yet feel a twinge of sadness at the thought that we are unlikely to see many of their varieties on this side of the pond.
Prune fairly hard in spring and lightly as required thereafter when growing as a free standing shrub, or cut back side shoots when trained against a wall or other supporting structure. Remove the inflated seed pods as they form to prolong flowering.
Abutilon Ines is a fairly hardy evergreen shrub with pale yellow bell shaped flowers with maroon sepals in summer and autumn suitable for sun or semi-shade.
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