The name Abutilon Megapotanicum somehow sounds like some survivor from the Jurassic era, but what we have here is a tall and airy evergreen shrub with long lobed leaves among which dangle countless bell shaped flowers with yellow petals and red calyces, whose protruding purple stamens give them a rather cheeky look. Looks good trained against a wall and perfectly hardy in a sheltered spot. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 6 feet. 2 litre pot.
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Abutilon Megapotanicum is sometimes known as the trailing abutilon due to its rather lax habit. We suggest that lends it to being trained against a wall or fence (south or west facing would be best), or alternatively keep it well trimmed and it can make a handsome freestanding shrub.
This is one of the hardier species of Abutilon and it will cope with winter conditions outdoors in most parts of the country, given a sheltered position where biting January winds won't affect it.
Pruning depends on how you are growing your plant. If as a climber, prune back to within a couple of bud points of the main structure in early spring. If as a shrub, prune hard in spring and intermittently as required through the season to maintain the desired shape. Feed plants in containers every couple of weeks during the flowering season.
Abutilon Megapotanicum is native to Brazil and its bright and cheerful flowers will certainly bring something of the carnival to any garden. The vibrant red calyces are puffed out like so many little Chinese lanterns, contrasting delightfully with the lemon yellow petals. How very intercontinental.
Abutilon Megapotanicum is a fairly hardy evergreen shrub with hanging bell shaped yellow and red flowers on arching stems in spring, summer and autumn.