Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today's Flowers- Mussaenda

Mussaenda is a flowering bush native to India and Southeast Asia. In the garden it can be kept as a bush or made into a small tree. It flowers constantly through the year, without needing any special care. The flowers are tiny, but the brightly coloured bracts are much bigger and profuse.
The white Mussaenda .
The hanging bracts of the pink mussaenda remind me of a butcher's shop. I always refuse my friends' offer of cuttings of this plant.
This is the wild mussaenda, the mother of all mussaendas. I took this photo in the forests of Western Ghats.

10 comments:

  1. I consider these plants the staple of my tropic garden. I have each of these at my place and wouldn't be without them. They are hardy in our climate and bloom for ages.

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  2. That is a new plant to me and it is lovely! Beautiful colors and your photos are terrific as always! Have a lovely evening!

    Sylvia

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  3. luxuriant growth. i love the picture of the white mussaenda. are the tiny flowers within the white bracts also yellow?

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  4. The white and pink flowers are gorgeous! What a blessing to have those huge clusters of flowers.

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  5. What a beautiful flower. I like all the varieties you showed us.

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  6. All of them are beautiful! The last one grows wild near Haflong. It's so interesting to see the same kinds of plants in another end of the country.

    I've had to prune my peach-coloured mussaenda severely. It was infested with white flies. This year the infestation is bad. I pruned my night-blooming jasmine and my red hibiscus today. It rained so I could work for a while outside. The humidity is bad!

    Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  7. How lovely! They look like the kind of blooms that would have an incredibly beautiful scent. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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  8. Mogłabym je mieć w swoim ogrodzie, bo kwitną wiecznie, ale szkoda, że to nie ten klimat.Pozdrawiam

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  9. It is very enjoyable to visit blogs and see such exotic looking flowers, ones that I would never get a chance to see under normal circumstances. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you for introducing me to this beautiful flowering bush.

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  10. These pictures of exotic tropical flowers was very exciting. I am impressed as much by the tropical flowers, herbs, plants and trees,as by your knowledge of gardening. Could you please tell me the Tamil names for lilium, primrose, hyacinth and mussaendra?

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