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Medinilla magnifica Medinilla Parijoto Melastomaceae

Medinilla magnifica, Medinilla magnifica, Parijoto


Medinilla magnifica, Medinilla magnifica, Parijoto

This erect shrub to 6 ft (1.8 m) tall is usually found as an epiphyte in its Philippine homeland. Its stems may be ribbed or even winged and its rich glossy green leaves grow to about 12 in (30 cm) long and have obvious paler veins. Its small pink flowers are produced throughout spring and summer in long pendulous panicles to 18 in (45 cm); these are made even more obvious because of the large pink bracts attached to the flower clusters.
Hardiness zone from 11 To 12
Cultivation: Most species only grow outdoors in the tropics. They can be cultivated as greenhouse and house plants, but they will not tolerate winter minimums below 64F (18C). Plant in rich, moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil in part-shade. Water and feed well in the growing season. Propagate from seed or cuttings.