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Mandevilla hybrid 'Alice DuPont'

Apocynaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Vines

MANDEVILLA

Grown for showy flowers, the genus Mandevilla includes plants formerly called Dipladenia. Blossoms feature five broad lobes that flare out from a tubular throat; except as noted, they are unscented. Plants climb by twining. They survive outdoors only in mildest regions. In colder areas, treat as annuals, or grow them in containers and move them indoors or to a greenhouse for the winter. Need heat to bloom; in coastal areas, train against a protected south- or west-facing wall, preferably with additional reflected heat from paving. Watch for spider mites. Growth may need thinning from time to time.

Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’
Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’

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Mandevilla hybrid 'Alice DuPont'

Most widely grown variety. Grows 15 to 20 ft., with glossy dark green, oval leaves 3 to 8 in. long. Clusters of glowing pink, 2- to 4-in. flowers appear among the leaves from spring to fall; even very small plants in 4-in. pots will bloom. Plant all hybrids in rich soil and provide a frame, trellis, or stake for support. Pinch tips of young plants to induce bushiness.

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