Abutilon megapotamicum

Trailing abutilon

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Red, Yellow





Skill level


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Plant details

This graceful shrub comes from dry mountain valleys in Brazil and is best grown against a warm wall with shelter from cold winds and frost. Slender stems are hung with showy, lantern-shaped flowers that appear over a long season. It is also an ideal plant for a cool conservatory or for growing in a tub that can be brought under cover in winter. They are easily propagated from summer cuttings, and this a wise insurance against winter damage, especially since the shrubs can be short-lived. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Abutilon

Species: megapotamicum

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red, Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 200cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

Flowering period: June to October

Reader reviews


I have an 'Abutilon Kentish Blue' which survived the winter well. But something is eating the leaves. Can someone tell me what it is & what I can do about it, please.


I watched Gardeners World on Friday and there was a section on Abutilon megapotamicumand Kentish Belle. However, Leila Jackson from Wall End Nursery advised that these plants are hardy love any soil, any situation and flower for about 10 months of the year. Is this true?

Gillian Wright

i have a abutilon and have been told it is an indoor plant but is that true? i don't think it is as i have read all the websites and they all say it can go in the garden,who is right?


I have a Kentish Belle had it for 12month doing its doing well. i over wintered it in next doors conservatory so kind of them it flowered all winter long i could see it through the window. but this year i have got a green house so i'm going to try it in there fingers crossed. But before i do i would like to take some cuttings could someone tell me how to do this as i am pretty new at this game thanks.


I put it in greenhouse it looks a little worse than last year but just been reading they respond well to a good hard pruning but would like to take cuttings just in case. Can someone tell me the best way. Thanks russ.

Leila Jackson

Hi there. Abutilon megaotamicum and 'Kentish Belle' are great outdoors. They love a rich soil with lots of oompf. And are hardy down to about minus 12.
A moisture retentive soil will hold an abutilon in full sun but both of these varieties love the shade to. Even a north facing wall. If its sheltered from howling winds they can indeed flower for 10 months and more. I hope this helps.

Leila Jackson

We have a problem with little snails on leaves. Water snails especially, and because its been a wet spring and summer there has been a population explosion. Hope this helps.

Leila Jackson

if you send me a picture of the abutilon I can identify it and we can work out where to put it and what it loves best. They are all very different personalities. t3plants@aol.com

Leila Jackson

Cuttings are easy. Stem tip cuttings. 4 nodes and strip all the leaves off bar the tip one. Deep in a pot of open compost. Cool tops and warm bottoms. No covering. Mist if possible. Hope this helps.

Leila Jackson

Trim the ends of an abutilon when its in active growth and taking that leader will encourage an army of branching stems all bearing more flowers. But a savage prune in the spring where you take half of the new growth off would really benefit it. And lots of feed. Hungry hungry hungry so feed feed feed !


I have had a "kentish Bell" for 8 years. it is in a pot and always kept in the garden for the last 4 winters I have wrapped it in a fleece over winter as it did get damaged during a prolonged cold spell. This year it has been excellent really beautiful blooming an May and still going strong.

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