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White Mussaenda

Mussaenda incana

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Mussaenda (mew-say-EN-duh) (Info)
Species: incana (in-KAN-nuh) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lithia, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Zolfo Springs, Florida

Prairieville, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 29, 2017, palmdame from Vero Beach, FL wrote:

My three were doing fine (put in 4 months ago) but they were definitely hurt by Irma....any suggestions of how to revive them? I was thinking of cutting them back and hoping for the best.....they still have a few blooms but are pretty bare.....I love their subtlety......


On Mar 7, 2016, spflorida from Tampa, FL wrote:

I bought this 3 years ago from a local nursery here in Tampa, Fl. I had never heard of this plant and bought it for it's beautiful yellow flowers and white leaves. Our house faces south east and I planted this right next to our front porch. It just so happens our AC water run off falls right next to the Mussaenda. Its has thrived and flourished in the constant full sun it gets along with the water it gets while our AC is running. I've hardly fertilized it and it's bloomed beautifully for the past 3 years. I just noticed some brown leaves so I fertilized it recently and uped it's watering since we haven't gotten much rain in the past few months and we haven't run the AC.


On Mar 20, 2005, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I bought a well formed shrub, and I love it. The foliage and flexible branches look delicate, and the flowers are not as extravagant as the other mussaendas. This is an ellegant species.


On Aug 3, 2004, hjcoach from Brooksville, FL wrote:

Very nice shrub. I bought two and love them.