Graceful and unique, medinilla shows off draping branches of flowers throughout the spring and summer months. The dark glossy leaves have light-colored veins to add to the visual interest of the plant, even when it is not in bloom. A native of the Philippines it is also called Philippine Orchid. This evergreen shrub is hardy in zones 10 and above; however, it can be enjoyed in zones 9 and below if planted in containers. Bring the containers inside the home when temperatures drop below 60 degrees.
Plant Medinilla in areas of the garden that get part shade or morning sun. This genteel plant needs protection from the direct sun during the hottest parts of the day. Plant in well-drained soil and make sure it does not go dry. Fertilize this plant with a product for blooming tropical plants, following the guidelines on the product label.
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Clusters of showy flowers, looks great in containers
Water daily until established, then as needed.
10 and above
Use a fertilizer for blooming tropicals in the spring and summer
Rose Grape, Philippine Orchid
2-4 feet tall and about 3 feet wide
In zones 9 and lower, use as a container plant
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