|MUSSAENDA HYBRID 'DOUBLE RED'|
Mussaenda is new for me, but here is what I know. Its common name can be Tropical Dogwood, Ashanti Blood, Red Flag Bush or Profit's Tears. Native to tropical West Africa, where it can grow as tall as 30 feet, it makes a terrific tub plant for areas with hot and humid summer weather. In tropical climates, it is often used as a landscape plant as a substitute for Poinsettia, as the genus Mussaenda is more disease resistant and less likely to have insect pests. There are a few names cultivars, ranging from pink, white and single red forms, all are choice and valued as container plants in the north.
Most of us will need to grow this as a house plant, or in a warm conservatory, but as it blooms best during the hot and humid summer, this might be one plant to add to your summer container list, since surely, your neighbor will not have it. It's always nice to have something to stump the plant geeks who may visit your garden!