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Abutilon megapotamicum (Abutilon Variegated Trailing)

Life: Perennial

Size: 6'

Light: Semi-Shade or Filtered Sun

Water: Average

Soil: Acidic, Mostly Sand to Loam

Also called the Variegated Chinese Lanturn, this colorful plant was long used as a Victorian England conservatory plant for both its flowers and foliage. The entire plant has a very exotic appeal to it; the blooms are pendulous, red, and rounded like miniature lanturns, with flared yellow tips, and the leaves are a bright splash of green and gold. Place them in urns, hanging baskets, or mixed containers, where the unusual flowers can be seen the best. They are not as cold-hardy as some Abutilons, so be sure to protect them in the winter.