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Abutilon megapotamicum - (Spreng.)A.St.-Hil.&Naudin.

Common Name Trailing Abutilon
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Widely cultivated in the Tropics and not known in a truly wild situation.
Range S. America - Brazil.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Abutilon megapotamicum Trailing Abutilon


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Abutilon megapotamicum Trailing Abutilon

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Summary

A medium size evergreen shrub growing to 2m. A lax plant, with arching branches, large red calyces and small yellow lantern blooms. It can be trained over arches or as a weeping standard. There are two forms of this species, one prostrate, making a good ground cover the other upright.Flowers are used as a vegetable and have a pleasant sweet flavour, we find them delicious to eat raw.


Physical Characteristics

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Abutilon megapotamicum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

A. vexillarium.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers.
Edible Uses:

Flowers - cooked. Used as a vegetable[183]. A pleasant sweet flavour, we find them delicious to eat raw[K]. The flowers are produced from mid spring until the autumn - they produce nectar all the time they are open so, assuming the plant is grown indoors and is not visited by pollinating insects, the sweetness increases the longer the flower is open[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position or part day shade in a fertile well-drained soil[200]. Dislikes drought[200]. This species is only hardy in the mildest areas of Britain, tolerating temperatures down to between -5 to -10°c when given the protection of a south or south-west facing wall[11, 184, 200]. A deep mulch in winter and tying in growth to the wall will maximise protection in winter[200]. If the plant is cut back by cold weather, it will normally resprout from the base in the spring and can flower on the current year's growth[202]. Dead-heading plants to prevent seeding can enhance longevity[200]. Tip-prune young plants to promote a bushy habit, older plants can be cut back hard annually in spring if required[200]. There are some named forms, selected for their ornamental value[200]. There is a variegated form in cultivation, this variegation is as a result of infection by abutilon mosaic virus[184, 200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. Germination should take place within a few weeks. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots. Grow them on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of young shoots, June in a frame[200]. Grow on in the greenhouse for their first winter and plant out in spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Grow on in the greenhouse for their first winter and plant out in spring after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Bencao-de-deus, Brazilian lantern flower, Sininho,

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Australia, Brazil, South America, Uruguay,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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