Vigorous, Abutilon megapotamicum (Trailing Abutilon) is a semi-evergreen shrub bearing pendent, bell-shaped flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with a red calyx protecting its yellow petals. Blooming for weeks from summer to frost, they decorate the plant with a profusion of blossoms resembling Chinese lanterns. Butterflies and hummingbirds feast on them. The foliage of heart-shaped, slender pointed leaves lines the gracefully arching branches. This Abutilon has more lax growth than most other abutilons, so is ideally suited to growing as a wall shrub. An equally lovely addition to beds and borders, decorative containers or hanging baskets.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 5-8 ft. tall and wide (150-240 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in evenly moist, rich, well-drained soils. Provide a sheltered location if grown outdoors. Appreciates afternoon shade in hottest climates.
  • Perfect for beds and borders or containers.
  • Pinch the branch tips to make the plant bushier or control its size.
  • Propagate by seed in spring or by softwood cuttings
  • Native to Brazil