Imperial Beach's "Hidden Gems" by Mable Syrup
Jun 20, 2016 11:14PM
● By Paul Spear
Imperial Beach's "Hidden Gems" by Mable SyrupIt maybe a Mandevilla. I saw this in somebody's yard draped over their fence on Date Avenue and Second Street.
c/o Mable Syrup
Mandevilla /ˌmændᵻˈvɪlə/ is a genus of tropical and subtropical flowering vines belonging to the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. It was first described as a genus in 1840. A common name is rocktrumpet.
Mandevilla species are native to the Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America. Many originate from the Serra dos Órgãos forests in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The genus was named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener.
Cultivation and uses
Mandevillas develop spectacular, often fragrant flowers in warm climates. The flowers come in a variety of colours, including white, pink, yellow, and red. Many hybrids have been developed, mainly deriving from M. ×amabilis, M. splendens, and M. sanderi. As climbers, Mandevillas can be trained against a wall or trellis to provide a leafy green and often flowering picture of beauty. They have a tendency to attract insects like mealybugs and scales.