Abutilon Megapotanicum is a reliable and pretty hardy species from Brazil, with striking and interestingly shaped flowers: golden yellow petals are hooded by a large red calyx creating a delightful two-tone effect. The flowers dangle along the length of tall, arching stems among the usual jaggedly pointy foliage and do so for months on end, even without anything much in the way of deadheading being necessary. Though we do find that removing spent blooms keeps things looking nice and tidy. A good specimen for training against a wall and hardy in a sheltered spot. Hardy to around -5C. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 6 feet. 2 litre pot.
You will see Abutilon Megapotanicum described as the trailing abutilon and you can see why, as the branches, if left to their own devices, do grow long and arching. So it does, as we suggest above, do well as a wall shrub, though we also find it very easy to keep it compact and freestanding in a pot by some judicious pruning. Hard pruning in spring is, as usual with abutilons, good practice and encourages lots of fresh new season growth. We find it very hardy down here in the south, but an outdoor plant might need a bit of fleecing in colder winters or areas subject to harsher weather than we usually experience.
Abutilons are greedy plants so regular feeding with a general fertiliser during the flowering season will help keep things going, especially with pot grown specimens.
It's the form of the flowers that set Abutilon Megapotanicum apart - we like the puffed up red calyx, looking like some form of Victorian bustle, and those purple stamens that protrude below the petals, as if the plant is sticking its tongue out at you!
Abutilon Megapotanicum is a fairly hardy evergreen shrub with hanging bell shaped yellow and red flowers on arching stems in spring, summer and autumn
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