The Basics This is a tropical shrub that can grow to ten feet tall. In warm climates, it is evergreen and nearly ever-flowering. Dark green foliage provides a perfect back drop for each large, pale yellow to white bract that stands behind each cluster of bright yellow flowers. Butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Full Sun Amount of Water: Water regularly Soil Conditions: Moist, Well drained Cold Hardiness Zone: 9-11
The Care Mussaendas tend to be rambling shrubs and benefit from an annual pruning. Generally it pays to remove no more than 1/3 of the growth. If serious renovation is required, it is better to do a series of pruning sessions over a longer period, gradually reducing the size as necessary. Certain species and cultivars can also be trained as climbers, up arbors or along fences. Plants also benefit from removal of dead flowers and bracts throughout the flowering season.