Botanical name: Mandevilla sanderi Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Mandevilla is a tender woody vine much beloved by gardeners in warmer climates. It provides a nonstop blooming of huge pink trumpet shaped flowers. The very showy flowers have white and gold throats and are up to 10 cm across and arranged in racemes. Mandevilla blooms heaviest in summer and sporadically throughout the rest of the year. This vine's fuzzy young stems twine around supports, eventually scrambling to heights up to 10 ft. The handsome leathery leaves are dark green, up to 20 cm long and 7.6-10 cm wide. Mandevilla is native to southeastern Brazil. This very ornamental vine is enjoyed as a garden plant in mild climate areas around the world. Cultivars are available in various colors and also double forms.
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