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PlantFiles: Mandevilla, Dipladenia
Mandevilla 'Sun Parasol Crimson'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mandevilla (man-de-VILL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sun Parasol Crimson
Additional cultivar information: (PP15539; Sun Parasol™ series; aka Sunmandecrim)
Hybridized by Misato/Murakami; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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11 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SirusGarden On Jun 13, 2012, SirusGarden from Austin, TX wrote:

Beautiful plant, I just got this plant and is growing like crazy. I had it in a full sun location, but with crazy hot summer sun from Texas it was requiring too much water, which I don't think it will be good in the long run anyway. I moved it to morning sun instead. It still gets about 8 hrs of sun a day, requires less water and has lots of blooms.

Neutral snowleopard77 On Nov 6, 2011, snowleopard77 from Apex, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I had a nursery tell me that the more compact red variety could possibly be grown in an office if there was enough light. I am wondering if anyone has tried this before I purchase one. The office is very open and has allot of light from all directions from the windows.

Neutral Connie_G On Jul 28, 2011, Connie_G from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just bought (HDepot) and planted this variety of Mandevilla. It is turning yellow and looks bad overall. It looked great in the store pot! I planted in a clay pot with great soil. It's in our 105 degree sun...and gets very dry so I've been watering it 2x a day and the pot drains well. Should I move it to get just morning sun?

Connie (Webb) Giles

Positive virginiarose On Jul 25, 2011, virginiarose from Southeast, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Beautiful Crimson Red, great addition to garden or entry way.

Positive GaryInPA On Apr 17, 2011, GaryInPA from Marcus Hook, PA wrote:

This plant grows exceptionally well in Southeastern PA.
Beautiful dark red flowers. Just beautiful!

Positive brebay On May 4, 2010, brebay from Denver, CO wrote:

I have 4 of these in hanging baskets they are absolutely beautiful. 2 receive full sun. 1 gets mainly morning sun the other gets evening hours of sun. All are equally stunning.

Positive georgiehopper On Oct 11, 2009, georgiehopper from Pleasant Valley, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a fantastic plant which I grow from seed. I am pretty sure the plant is patented and asexual propagation is prohibited.

It has tolerated both sun and a good bit of shade and survives the winter happily indoors in a sunny window when kept on the dry side.

Positive htop On Mar 28, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mandevilla, Dipladenia 'Sun Parasol Crimson' has been a great plant. Mine has been in a very large container since June of last year. I trained it to climb a 6 foot trellis. It is growing past the top of the trellis. I am amazed by its hardiness. We have had many sustained below freezing nights this past winter. I covered about 2.5 feet of the base of the plant and left the remainder on the rest of the trellis unprotected. It received no freeze damage even though it is not protected by structures, such as a house, nor overhanging trees. Although the base is by aprivacy fence, the tall container is atop a chair which places the trellis above the fence. It has been blooming since the middle of March even through a couple of days with highs in the 40s. It is in full sun and the blooms hold their color for a long time. If I could rate it fabulous, I would. If you have one, be sure not to over water it.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Aug 26, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I'm not sure if mine is Sun Parasol regular or dwarf. It was not labeled dwarf, but looks it.Fast growing small vine in the few weeks i have had it. It does seem to bleach a little in full summer sun..It might take a little effort to find the right spot for color. Easy care so far-add plenty of water and fertilizer. These Mandevilla's like Red Riding Hood are more cold hardy then given credit for. I expect this too make it through the winter unlike the 'Alice du Pont' types.
EDIT UPDATE '08: Well,it did fine in a mild winter..better than Red Riding hood. Unlike RRH, Sun Parasol does vine easily in our mild summer climate. RRH seems to stay a small shrub. Not many small scale blooming vines around. This is one of the better and very tropical looking ones you will find

Positive lee_ro On Jun 28, 2007, lee_ro from Raleigh, NC wrote:

Yes, cardinal red is a good description of the color of this beautiful vine's flowers! Mine bloomed spectacularly up a trellis shared with a black eyed susan vine last year, and I brought it in over winter and it has made a comeback this year, although it hasn't done any flowering. This year it's sharing the trellis with a light pink mandevilla. I hope to see some cardinal red blossoms again this summer...

Positive Kell On Jun 23, 2007, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is from a cross of Mandevilla atroviolacea with Mandevilla amabilis x M. boliviensis Mandevilla Sun Parasol White.

Positive handbright On Apr 17, 2006, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have this plant in part sun (around 1 and 1/2 hours of morning sun, and late afternoon sun for around an hour) and it continues to bloom profusely. When it was in the full sun here in zone 10 b the flowers faded quickly and took on a bleached appearance. Now its beautiful, a velvety cardinal red flower with a glowing amber throat.

Positive woodenshoe62 On May 20, 2005, woodenshoe62 from Ogdensburg, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

I live in Wisconsin, zone 4 and I planted my first Mandevilla last summer. It was absolutely beautiful, pink, vined up an arbor. Before the frost I dug it out and put it in a large pot. It was in the south window and it didn't grow like it did outside but it survived and now I can't wait to plant it out again. From the info I've searched the hotter the weather the better they like it and do not over water. I've ordered two more for me and some for my girls. Please give them a try, you will love them.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Escondido, California
Hayward, California
Huntington Beach, California
San Leandro, California
Hollywood, Florida
Lady Lake, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Winston, Georgia
Abbeville, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Cumberland, Maryland
Knoxville, Maryland
Mansfield, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Raleigh, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
Madison, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Hurst, Texas
Palestine, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia

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