Robust and energetic, Abutilon megapotamicum (commonly known as Trailing Abutilon) is a semi-evergreen shrub that boasts pendant bell-shaped flowers measuring 2 inches in diameter (5 cm). These delightful blooms showcase yellow petals ensconced within a protective red calyx. From the onset of summer through the arrival of frost, the plant bursts into weeks-long blossoming, adorning itself with an abundance of flowers that bear a striking resemblance to Chinese lanterns. This captivating spectacle serves as a buffet for butterflies and hummingbirds, drawing them in with its nectar-rich offerings. The branches, gracefully arching, are adorned with foliage comprised of slender, heart-shaped leaves that come to a pointed tip.
Distinguishing itself from other abutilon species, this particular variant exhibits a more lax growth habit, making it particularly well-suited for cultivation as a wall shrub. However, its versatility extends to being an equally enchanting addition to flower beds, borders, decorative containers, and hanging baskets.
Notably, it has been honored with the esteemed Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society, a testament to its excellence.
This Abutilon can achieve a height and width ranging from 5 to 8 feet (150-240 cm). Thriving in environments that offer full sun to partial shade, this plant flourishes when placed in soils that maintain consistent moisture, possess richness, and ensure proper drainage. If grown outdoors, selecting a sheltered location is advised, particularly in regions with scorching temperatures. It also appreciates the respite of afternoon shade in hot climates.
Whether enhancing beds and borders or gracing containers, this species excels. To encourage denser growth or to manage its size, it’s beneficial to pinch the tips of its branches. For propagation, it can be reproduced through springtime seed planting or by utilizing softwood cuttings.
Originating from Brazil, this Trailing Abutilon encapsulates the vibrant allure of its flowers and the adaptability of its growth pattern, making it a valuable addition to various settings.