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Mussaende phillippica Lady flowers Nusa enda merah Rubiaceae

Mussaenda-philippica, Lady flowers, Nusa enda


Mussaenda-philippica, Lady flowers, Nusa enda

The name is a botanical convenience, applied to a group of hybrids.
These have much tighter flower clusters than usual, so the bracts resemble large, many-petalled flowers and are usually pink.
Most are named after prominent ladies, hence the common name dona flores (lady flowers).
Cultivars include the bright pink Dona Imelda; Dona Luz which is pink with red edges; and the pale pink and crimson Queen Sirikit.
They may have been derived from Mussaenda erythrophylla and M. frondosa.
Flowering colors: Crimson, Pink, Red
Cultivation: They prefer a sunny or part-shaded position and fertile, well-drained soil.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.
Red spider mite and white fly may be troublesome.