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Dipladenia - Mandevilla splendens

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Climbing evergreen plant native to Central and South America. The thin and fleshy stems grow rapidly, this plant is grown in hanging pots, or as a climber, aided by racks or braces. The leaves are oval, dark, shiny, thick, slightly pubescent on the lower page; in spring and summer it produces a cascade of large trumpet flowers, gathered in racemes, delicately scented, red, pink or white, with a lemon yellow throat. In places with mild winters they can also be grown in the open ground in the garden, or they can also be treated as annual garden plants. We recommend pruning the branches slightly in early spring or autumn, to prevent the plant from lignifying too much in the lower part, losing the leaves. It is also known as mandevilla splendens.


Exposure

The Mandevilla Splendens likes very bright positions, even sunny ones, but it grows well even in partial shade. If placed in a completely shaded place it produces few flowers and many leaves. It fears the frost, it should not be exposed to temperatures below 5-8 ° C, therefore in summer it can be placed in the garden or on the terrace, but it must be immediately withdrawn at home with the arrival of the autumn colds. In places where winter is mild it is also cultivated in the open ground; in this case with the cold it loses the leaves, which will reappear in the spring; in open ground it can even reach dimensions greater than 3-4 meters.

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