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Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: megapotamicum (meg-uh-poh-TAM-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatum

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Terri1948 On Jun 14, 2011, Terri1948 from Yorkshire

I had several of this plant growing as a small hedge. It survived during mild Winters here in the UK but in 2009 I lost most of them because of severe frosts (down to -15 in our area). Last year we had a repeat of severe frosts and the one remaining plant died. I would advise frost protection or bringing it into an unheated greenhouse in areas that have hard frosts.

Positive wallaby1 On Nov 25, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Acquired as a plug plant from Mair & Thompson in the UK circa 1999. Currently in a large pot and outside during frosts to -4C, looking OK. It has been kept in a cold green house over winter, and doesn't lose all its leaves. Flowers start in early spring and continue thru most of the year, albeit only a few at a time. Foliage attractive with large yellow blotches. Older branches remain bare, and hang in an arched fashion. New growth will eventually start to thicken up the middle. Can be grown against a warm wall as a semi-climber, but attractive as a spray effect if given a suitable height. Said to be slightly tender, grown properly possibly quite hardy.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Diego, California
Santa Rosa, California
Snellville, Georgia
Clarksville, Tennessee
Spring, Texas

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