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Sun Parasol® Garden Crimson Mandevilla flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Dipladenia
Group/Class: Sun Parasol Series
A unique, dwarf bedding mandevilla; naturally compact, with a bushy habit, it is stunning when used in hanging baskets, window boxes, or entry containers; a great accent even in landscape borders
Sun Parasol® Garden Crimson Mandevilla features bold crimson tubular flowers along the branches from late spring to mid fall. Its glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Sun Parasol® Garden Crimson Mandevilla is a multi-stemmed annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Sun Parasol® Garden Crimson Mandevilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Sun Parasol® Garden Crimson Mandevilla will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Sun Parasol® Garden Crimson Mandevilla is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.