Mandevilla, Dipladenia

Mandevilla splendens

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mandevilla (man-de-VILL-uh) (Info)
Species: splendens (SPLEN-denz) (Info)
Synonym:Dipladenia splendens
Synonym:Mandevilla boliviensis
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

, (2 reports)

Jones, Alabama

Anderson, California

Carlsbad, California

Elk Grove, California

Long Beach, California

Mountain View, California

Ontario, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Barbara, California

Clinton, Connecticut

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Interlachen, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Jupiter, Florida

Labelle, Florida

Lake Placid, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida (2 reports)

Safety Harbor, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Weston, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Buford, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hilo, Hawaii

Honomu, Hawaii

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Auburn, Indiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Independence, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Schriever, Louisiana

Frederick, Maryland

Saginaw, Michigan

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Bay Springs, Mississippi

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Kenilworth, New Jersey

Vincentown, New Jersey

New York City, New York

Greensboro, North Carolina

New Bern, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Bridgeport, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Kellyville, Oklahoma

Vinita, Oklahoma

Eugene, Oregon

Columbia, South Carolina

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Madison, Tennessee

Moscow, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

Alvin, Texas

Baytown, Texas

Groves, Texas

Hockley, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Ingleside, Texas

Katy, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Krum, Texas

Marble Falls, Texas

Murchison, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Santa Fe, Texas

Willis, Texas

Martinsville, Virginia

Richlands, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 13, 2014, jackhelt from Auburn, IN wrote:

I bought my sun parosol back in may of 2013. I brought indoors when temps got 50 deg. I put it in my east facing bay window and in march of 2014 it started vining. It was more of a small bush until that point. When it got warm out I sorted wrapping the vines around a small trellis I inserted into the pot. The vines stopped and it got bushy again. The plant for 2 summers now has produced gorgeous blooms of scarlet red. It started blooming again shortly before the vining. This year, I brought it inside in Oct. and now it is Nov.,still blooming, and sending vines again. Today, I noticed green pods that resemble those of a Cleome, shooting off one of the vines. There are 2 of them looking like very skinny fingers sticking up. I've never seen anything quite like it on a plant.
I'm curio... read more


On Nov 28, 2013, robertbgillies from Volcan
Panama wrote:

This flowering vine is very common in Panama where I live. Many people have it planted in their yards. While it seems to grow faster in the tropical lowlands it does well for me at 1400 meters. The vine needs support and it is best to tie it to some kind of trellis. I tried to root it at various times without success. Recently it had seed pods with seeds so I planted three seeds. Two of them sprouted readily so I now have two vigorous seedlings in pots. I have harvested more seeds which I hope to plant soon. This vine has very attractive flowers and here it is in flower 365 days a year. In the dry season I water it. It has grown up to the second floor of my house. It is about 6 years old. I have a small pool with a waterfall below it and there are always some of it's flowers floating on th... read more


On Jun 3, 2013, chrisf48 from Vinita, OK wrote:

Wonderful and full of tips!


On Mar 5, 2013, dunwawry from Greensboro, NC
United States wrote:

I have grown one of the red dipladenias (learned from reading earlier comments difference from mandeville) for four years now and loooove this vine. It grows great for me in full sun, which is about 6 hours/day in my yard in the Triad region of NC. I usually have to water at least every other day. If I buy a small plant in the spring, it may reach 15 feet by fall and be covered with profuse blooms all summer.

This is the second year I've over wintered a vine. I bring it in when it gets cold. Both years I waited too long, until close to frost temperatures (once it was after the 30 deg. temps, but still salvaged the vine) and the vine shed terribly when I brought it in. It was autumn in my kitchen, green leaves falling everywhere the next few days until the plant was a... read more


On Oct 10, 2012, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Outdoors only in San Diego,Los Angeles on the west coast for all year. After that,they wont take long cool winters even if no frost. Terrible indoor plants..they grow long rangy runners with mites and many pests..mealys.
The new small leaved hybrids are MUCH hardier. Those,you can count on in 10a or even 9b..

Like Kell said-- this post has two plants mixed up. Red Riding hood and Alice Du Pont. What I wrote above is for ADP.


On Oct 10, 2012, rosebuds2 wrote:

Love the constant pink blooms. In a pot on the deck all (hot) summer in Muskoka, ON Canada (4B).
Need advice on how to keep it over the winter?
I will bring it in. Shall I cut it down? Repot?


On Jul 18, 2009, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

It seems to me that many of the pictures posted here under Mandevilla splendens are really Mandevilla x amoena 'Alice Dupont' with the larger crinkled leaves.


On Jul 19, 2008, loufon from Nashville, TN wrote:

I too LOVE this plant. It is growing up and over our fence, and flowers are beautiful, but I'm experiencing the same problem of leaves turning yellow and falling off at the bottom that some earlier commenters have mentioned. No one has offered a suggestion for how to prevent or stop. PLEASE if anyone has any suggestions let's hear from you.


On Jun 22, 2008, amazonite from Dublin
Ireland wrote:

I bought a Mandevilla Boliviensis last summer for the sunny west facing window of my appartment. Unfortunately it wasn't a very bright summer in Dublin, Ireland (53 deg Northern).

It was doing okay, so I gave him some tomatoe food as I read it wanted somewhere. For whatever reason, I'm not sure, the leaves turned brown and fell off. I have not been able to bring it back to life since.

Symptoms are:

Potted up when purchased, complete with bamboo (Was growing well), Continued to grow, was fed NPK 5.5.10, stopped growing. New leaves and shoots turned brown and fell off, established leaves never died.

Watered soil out thuroughly and next year (9 months later) put in a very sunny location. Showed good indications of climbing but then ... read more


On Jun 9, 2008, sjp8987 from Round Rock, TX wrote:

My mandevilla is BEAUTIFUL. I wanted a red one, but instead I got one that flowers first an unctuous light pink color, and then turns darker pink the next day. This is my first time growing them but Even after only 3 weeks I would certainly buy one again. It seems to be sensitive to full, hot sun (I think I am seeing some sunburn spots) but oh my gosh I love this vine


On Mar 9, 2008, cathy4 from St. Louis County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Grown in large pots in the summer, this year I put the pots in the cool dim basement after I cut the vines back to 6 inches (before frost). I added a cup of water to each pot just once during the 5 months they have been downstairs. Today I brought them upstairs and they have small sprouts from the base, and some short fresh green vines from the older pieces.

Two weeks later I now have a dozen new sprouts on each plant. I've fertilized lightly.


On Jul 17, 2007, AmandaTaylor7 from Alvin, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a gorgeous plant, just seems a bit finicky. We've bee ngetting dumped on from the sky these last 3-4 weeks with rain every single day. So the bottom of my Mandevilla is dropping leaves (they don't like wet feet). Should be better once the rain stops, although I don't know if I'll keep it with our winters here since it's in the ground. Oh well - at least I can enjoy it for a season!!


On May 17, 2007, alddesigns from Saint Cloud, FL wrote:

I really love this plant! I have two vines planted in a planter near our pool. They came twined upon a small bamboo "trellises" and I put a larger trellis in the planter with them. Almost immediately they have taken hold of the new trellis and seem to grow overnight. The flowers are brilliant pink and quite long lasting.


On May 16, 2007, lindanat from Asbury Park, NJ wrote:

I've had one on the porch and loved it - but that was on a trellis.
can you put this in hanging planters?


On Dec 7, 2006, alvin6695 from Ontario, CA wrote:

Love this plant. Have 1 red riding hood and 1 alice du pont planted at trellis together. I too was cutting the vines that swung in the breeze, until I found accidently that, that is where the flowers come from-was pleasantly suprised. I am also now finding that quite a number of leaves are browning and falling off, dont know why, but it has lots of flowers. I also wonder if it has to do with winter coming on. I dont notice any insects but I did notice an improvement when I sprayed insecticide a couple months ago. But now its Dec. and doesnt seem logical to spray plants with bug spray, maybe Im wrong. Hate losing these leaves though. Anybody help? One other note, I was sure I was going to lose my plant when new it definitely looked like it was dying. Thats why I bought a second one abou... read more


On Nov 1, 2006, turbosbabe96 from Ingleside, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My Mandevillas were two of my first ventures into gardening. We have valiantly, and they elegantly, prospered and learned during our first year of gardening. I have two of the most beautiful vining plants with deep, georgous green foilage..and delicate, creamy blooms. I highly recommend this plant to new gardeners. Here on the coast of South Texas, I did have fierce battle with Japanese Beetles and Carpentar Ants. I am a firm believer in Neem Oil for both of these pests! My plants are encumbered with blooms..and the light, sweet aroma wafts on the air as we relax by the water garden.


On Sep 2, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I got my plant last year, kept in a pot, and brought it in for the winter, pretty sure it couldn't stay in the ground. Put back out this spring, had yellow leaves and they seems to have tiny spottiness to them. I guessed spider mites. They are doing much better after some Sevin spray, and fertilizer. I've kept it in the same pot and found it tough, not wilting , always in bloom once started.


On May 30, 2006, JeanieT from Connellys Springs, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I just bought a small Red Riding Hood Diplandenia and am doing research to see what I have. I live in zone 7 the foothills of NC Mountains. Has anyone wintered these over as a house plant? I think the winters might be to cold here, I just moved to NC April 1 from MA, so I have no real experience.


On Jul 12, 2005, kimvic1 from Charleston, SC wrote:

I planted two and the the rains came. Both appear to have died, but am crossing my fingers in hopes that they come back.


On May 24, 2005, prettywitty from New Orleans, LA wrote:

I bought two white Mandevillas for pots on my porch; one of them is growing and blooming like crazy and the other is losing leaves and the buds are falling off before they open. I water them equally (lately every day, as we've had record-breaking high temps here in N.O.) and they both get alot of sun, although the sickly one gets a little more afternoon sun. I have no idea what the problem is, but generally Mandevilla does very well here.


On Feb 17, 2005, annabelle1979 from Fairhaven, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

To address the Mandevilla dropping leaves issue:
Re-potting can be enough of a reason for the Mandevilla to enter a bit of a slump. It will perk up if it is in good lighting. It can also droop or drop leaves if the sun is too strong.
I have had an awful time with aphids on my plants as well. For that reason, I almost never place my Mandevilla near other susceptable plants. I still give Mandevilla a positive rating because it's a beautiful, relatively easy to care for plant.
Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that Mandevilla might be deciduous and needs a dormancy period every so often? So if your plant just starts to randomly act weird (especially in Fall/Winter), it could just be in need of a pruning and some rest.


On Jan 19, 2005, mickbrown from Tongala, Victoria
Australia wrote:

I live in southern Australian, in a mild-warm climate. I just bought a bright-red Mandevilla the other day and re-potted it when I got it home. Almost the next day, leaves started turing yellow and falling off. It's still in bloom (magnificent color!) and the buds are still there but am concerned about this problem. I've looked at the other growers' notes on this, but some say it probably needs more water, and others say it probably needs less. I water it every day, as its summer here and hot.

Any suggestions?


On Nov 13, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

At a time when most taxonomists are eager to further divide plant species, I don't understand why they lumped mandevilla and dipladenia into the same category. The plants are VERY different in appearance. One has large, rippled leaves up to 6 inches long and 3 inches wide, with large blooms in pink, light pink, or white. It is the traditional mandevilla.
The other plant has small, smooth, shiny leaves up to 2 inches long and smaller blooms in more intense shades of hot pink to red. It was called dipladenia. I have this latter type.
I have found the best time to propagate the vines here in Missouri is mid-summer. I put cuttings under plastic and they root fairly quickly. Mine continue to bloom all winter in the greenhouse, and all summer in the landscape.
Both types... read more


On Oct 17, 2004, katharita from Kerrville, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

My response says neutral but it's not the fault of the plant.

I planted my pink bloom mandevilla in a large brick planter with a large trellis above it. It was BEAUTIFUL, then started looking quite ill. On closer inspection, I broke open one of the woody vines and it was filled with carpenter ants! My hubby sprayed it with carpenter ant killer and they are all gone, thank goodness, but the damage was done.

I cut all the vines down to the nub and after some weeks of shock, I have about 3 foot long vines now with healthy looking leaves.

You may have to do a similar drastic thing with the aphids - kill them completely and cut off all the damaged areas and cross your fingers.

Another positive besides the beauty and rapid growth - -... read more


On Jul 24, 2004, fleurdelys from montreal
Canada wrote:

This is to answer the leaves yellow and falling off problem, perhaps overwatering might be the problem.With regards to aphids and such, in my experience, I have discovered a natural pesticide/immunnity builder call neem oil.If you get it in concentrated form it is inexpensive and really works, it kills the eggs of the pests before they have a chance to hatch and boosts the immune system of the plant but do not spray actual flowers.The flowers don't like to be coated with the stuff-it stains them but it makes the leaves beautifully shiny.


On Jul 15, 2004, CJ_Wright from Mountain View, CA wrote:

My mandevilla is also turning yellow leaves.
SF Bay Area.
in containers, water every day, balanced fertilizer. a few leaves started turning yellow, now about a dozen are yellowed and dropping off. It's mid July.... time for it to start going dormant? When does that happen for this area?

I love this plant and don't want to lose it...have matching pair. These flowers are so pretty and perfect, they should be illegal! ;-)



On May 7, 2004, YardKat from Gillett, TX wrote:

My recently planted Mandevilla dipladenia's leaves are turning yellow & falling off. We have clay soil, but I've added compost when planting. Can anyone HELP -- before I lose these beautiful plants?? I have four of them.


On Nov 2, 2003, ladybug3 wrote:

I found the most beautiful RED Mandevilla! It opens up pink and next day turns into a dark, vivid red. I only had pink ones before, but this is gorgeous. Had it for about a month and it blooms constantly. The blooms are a bit larger than the pink ones. Here, in Guam,they grow and bloom year round, and they get quite large. A perfect addition to my garden.


On Oct 20, 2003, chrislyn from La Porte, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I think Mandevillas are beautiful but I planted 3 or 4 last year in my yard and none of them survived. Well, they did until cold weather came and they never returned. I have a new one on my patio in a container and it is surviving..pretty blooms but it is still small.


On Oct 17, 2003, Vlynne from Long Beach, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have found the insecticidal soaps effective against aphids. These soaps are also much safer to use indoors in a sunroom than the more toxic insecticides. You should be able to find them at any nursery, or the garden section in places like Lowes, HD, etc.


On Oct 16, 2003, Mere1321 wrote:

I was given my Mandevilla as a gift about 4 months ago and it was a wonderful addition to my sunroom. Plants help even the coldest days in Vermont seem wonderful. However, my experiences dramatically changed about 1 month ago when it became infested with Aphids! I can't get rid of them. If anyone has suggestions for saving my lovely plant I would love to know!


On Sep 3, 2003, redsticker from East Palatka, FL wrote:

My Mandevilla always gives warning about thirst and lets the flower buds die first while the leaves stay healthy and growing. They like the partial shade here in east central Florida (U.S.) because the sun is so hot.


On Jul 16, 2003, Mkissel from Bethlehem, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased a Mandevilla last year and overwintered it in a pot in the basement. I transplanted it in April/May (after the last frost) to a southeastern exposure next to my house.

It's a prolific climber and needs a trellis or other form of support! Blooms have developed in threes and seems to enjoy the pine straw mulch used to maintain moisture. It also attracts hummingbirds!! Another nice addition to the yard. I am going to try to overwinter with heavy mulching outdoors this year.


On Jul 13, 2003, Btrcp1 from Hockley, TX wrote:

I live near Houston, Texas (U.S.) and my Mandevillas are growing wonderfully! I have to water a lot and use water-soluble fertilizer twice monthly. This is my first year with them. I read elsewhere to cut the stems back during winter and to bring them inside, keeping them watered. I hate the thought of cutting them back - they're so beautiful. We have mild winters; however we do have an occasional freeze.


On Jun 30, 2003, roof57mi from columbia, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I found a Mandevilla at a local outdoor nursey here in Michigan, and the only thing it had to identify it was a stick saying "Mandevilla Pink". The salesperson didn't know much either, so this site has been very helpful. I am a apartment dweller and not a master gardener, but love plants, herbs, and container garden profusely!! I will take pictures in the future and post. THANKS FOR A GREAT SITE!!


On Oct 18, 2002, 711DALE wrote:

My vine is a prolific bloomer and is rapidly covering a chainlink fence. It is 10 feet and growing; it blooms year-round in southern Florida (U.S.); it's a garden favorite down here!


On Jun 21, 2002, moscheuto from Westland, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Dipladenia is also known as Mandevilla, named after the 18th century British diplomat and gardener Henry Mandeville. It is a native of South America. particularly the Organ Mountain forests near Rio de Janeiro.

Additionally, it is also known as Dipladenia mandevilla, and the genus Mandevilla includes plants that were formerly called Dipladenia.

Botanically they are all Mandevillas, but tradionally this plant has been called Dipladenia, having smaller leathery leaves and have very little climbing habit.

Usually they are grown as a container plant or a semi-hanging basket. The original Dipladenias were a very pale pink flower and were discovered in the highlands above Rio de Janeiro.


On Oct 28, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Recent botanical name change from Dipladenia splendens.