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PlantFiles: Yellow Mandevilla, Wild Allamanda
Urechites lutea

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Urechites (yoo-REK-ih-teez) (Info)
Species: lutea (LOO-tee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Vinca lutea
Synonym:Pentalion lutea

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mjsponies On Nov 20, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Full (summer) sun is too much for it here in Florida but given some mid day protection it's happy, and keeps the darker green leaves. November now and it's putting out bunch of buds and flowers. I started hitting it with bloom buster around the middle of October as it's a winter bloomer here.

Positive petelydon On Aug 11, 2009, petelydon from Santa Barbara, CA wrote:

i have planted this beautiful yellow flower all over palm beach county florida- great as a groundcover or a vine- highly recommended for its beautiful flower...

Positive servicegenie On Nov 7, 2006, servicegenie from Brookshire, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Yellow Mandevilla, Urechites lutea has lived for 10 years on a patio in Houston, Texas, no protection other than the building & 5 ft fence around the patio. It stayed green & healthy until I moved into a house & planted it on the south side, full Houston sun caused leaves to be yellow-green instead of the old dark green.

Positive GD_Rankin On Jul 12, 2006, GD_Rankin from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Despite what the information that came with this plant said, (light = full sun) it did not do so well in "full sun" here in south Texas this summer. It required a good deal of watering each day to keep it healthy and still wilted in the late afternoon sun.

After moving the plant to a shaded area where the only direct sun it receives is a few hours in the early morning, it seems to be doing very well and is much happier there. It is a beautiful plant and continues to bloom with much less care in it's new location.

I would not consider this one to be "Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping" but if you have less heat than we do here or a shaded area, it's a very nice and colorful addition.


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

Hayward, California
Stockton, California
Arcadia, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Deland, Florida
East Palatka, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Largo, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida (2 reports)
Port Charlotte, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Cartersville, Georgia
Cincinnati, Ohio
Houston, Pennsylvania
Brookshire, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Houston, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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