Medinilla Species, Pink Lantern, Showy Medinilla

Medinilla magnifica

Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Medinilla (med-in-NIL-uh) (Info)
Species: magnifica (mag-NIH-fee-kuh) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Foliage Color:



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Newport Beach, California

Apopka, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Deland, Florida

Englewood, Florida

Eustis, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida(2 reports)

Fort Myers, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Holmes Beach, Florida

Lake Mary, Florida

Lake Placid, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Miami, Florida

Naples, Florida(3 reports)

Pompano Beach, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Summerland Key, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Thomasville, Georgia

Waycross, Georgia

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii

Hawi, Hawaii

Honomu, Hawaii

Leilani Estates, Hawaii

Nanawale Estates, Hawaii

Pahoa, Hawaii

Metairie, Louisiana

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Schodack Landing, New York

Houston, Texas

Humble, Texas

Amelia Court House, Virginia

Falls Church, Virginia

Ames Lake, Washington

Redmond, Washington

Union Hill-Novelty Hill, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 29, 2020, garyjoe from Beacon,
United States wrote:

I had 2 and followed most peoples direction to keep dry-ish. Lost one and the other one was dying. Having nothing to lose I watered every day. The remaining grew exponentially. Now after 2 years, I've had to cut back on water because the leaves are wrinkling. No blossoms yet, the temperature is always between 60 and 68. Bright indirect light. Going to try cuttings as well


On Apr 4, 2018, HerbalistAdam from Baguio,
Philippines wrote:

Medinilla plants are not only very beautiful but also provide tasty fruits and leaves. Fruits are very sweet when ripe and black and young leaves are one of the most sour leafy vegetable I know. It is rich in vitamin C and other healthy bio-compounds. I wrote article about it that you can read on -


On Dec 4, 2016, Plants911 from Lake Placid, FL wrote:

Just purchased this plant from our local Lowe's in their reduced plants section for 5.00 still has blooms on it, was in poor condition, tlc for now. Hope it recovers.


On Dec 27, 2015, northernexotics from Guelph, Ontario,
Canada wrote:

I have 5 years experience with my medinilla magnifica. Bought with 3 stems , 2 leaves each stem. I grow in an orchid mix similar to phaleonopsis orchid . 50/50 mix orchid bark / peat + osmunda fibre. Now about 3 ft x 3 ft in size. 8 blooms last spring/summer. It strikes stem cuttings easily in 50/50 perlite/peat mix kept damp in indirect light. Use rooting hormone dip. Make sure two leaves are on each stem taken for a cutting but cut each leaf in half. A stem will die even on a mature plant if there are not two leaves present. Cutting each leaf in half is to balance the water uptake with the leaf transpiration. The cut leaves will drop eventually when new leave grow above it. No big deal. Cover with a plastic bag until rooted ( new leaf sprout is your signal) but do not let leaves ... read more


On Dec 19, 2015, daylilyrich from Schodack Landing, NY wrote:

2 years ago I paid $35 for this plant. Insane. The first summer I burnt the living heck out of the leaves. This past summer I did better. I have two blooms on it now and will probably try for seeds. I don't dare try cuttings.

Remember it likes it dry. I'm thinking about hanging it from a spring that I can use to tell by weight how dry it is.

Anybody try doing a cutting or starting seeds?


On Aug 19, 2015, MollyBlooms from Grosse Pointe Farms, MI wrote:

I bought this plant last year for my mom and was told it was difficult to get to re-bloom. I bought it anyway because it was so spectacular. The plant overwintered well in a warm (75-80 degree F.) greenhouse, but I should have given it more shade when the days started getting longer -- the new foliage that emerged in March-April got burned around the edges. In May I put it outdoors in a shady spot on the north side of the house, which gets a little morning sun but is in shade or bright indirect light the rest of the day. I am happy to report that it now has one bloom and another bud coming, plus new leaves. In terms of watering, temperature, and fertilizer, I have treated it like my orchids. A couple of badly burned leaves turned orange and fell off earlier in the summer. Does this plant p... read more


On May 23, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A very beautiful plant in bloom, magnificent indeed when well grown, with long-lasting pink flower bracts.

Not an easy houseplant for most people. Under ordinary winter household conditions (low light, low humidity) it declines, the foliage deteriorating first.

A plant for those with a greenhouse or conservatory.


On May 22, 2015, Suzycatwoman from Tampa, FL wrote:

I live in Central Florida, in Tampa. We get 9 months of very humid summer and 3 months of usually mild winter, lots of summer rain storms. I bought my Medinilla at a University of South Florida Botanical Gardens plant sale after seeing it and it's bloom for the first time. It cost me $25, more than I have ever paid for a plant. I repotted it in a large ceramic pot with a saucer, and put it outdoors in my back yard on a plant stand, under a large oak tree where it gets dappled sunlight. At first, the leaves were eaten by some bug or other, but it did bloom that year. Last year it did not bloom, but did not die either, and I noticed a lessening of insect holes in the leaves. I water it from the top with a soft spray from the garden hose until the saucer is full. I have not fertilized... read more


On Jul 20, 2014, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Medinilla magnifica - commonly known as Philippine Orchid - is an epiphyte with ovid pink brachts of pink, red or violet flowers and fruits of violet, fleshy berries. It can grow up to 3m high.


On Jul 16, 2012, Patstad from Dallas, OR wrote:

Are the flowers fragrant?


On May 4, 2011, jsigetich from Wausau, WI wrote:

I've had this plant for about 5 years. It has attractive foliage, but has never, ever bloomed. How do you get this stupid thing to bloom? I'm ready to throw it out!


On Apr 14, 2011, jbuk from dartford,
United Kingdom wrote:

Recently purchased this plant in Kent England No one even at the Nursery we bought it at knew anything about them , said it had just come in with another consignment of plants ( not ordered ) glad to have found details on Dave's garden (knew i would ) we are keeping it in our front porch nice and warm but not much direct sun , let you know how it gets on , looks lovely so far 3 flowers


On Feb 3, 2011, KOCZAR from Toledo, OH wrote:

After 3 months of very active, impressive growth, my medinilla started curling up its leaves and they started dropping by the hour. I have kept it in my cool 70 degree room with a humdifier working about 8-12 hrs. a day. In early Dec. it was over 2 ft. high by 4 ft. wide and the pride of my jungle. Yesterday after watching leaf after leaf drop for weeks, I severely pruned it back but it is still not healthy. It went from flourishing to languishing overnite with the same care and conditions. What did I do wrong? How can I restore it before it completely dies? This is my pride and joy; help me to save it before it's too late. Thank you very much! Susan of Toledo


On Oct 8, 2010, datora from devon,
United Kingdom wrote:

Hi I live in Devon in England and the picture I have uploaded is my Medinilla grown in my conservatory - I just love this plant and hope that it will have a second flowering as quite a few plants in my conservatory are flowering all year round I guess they're forced because of the warm and lots of TLC. Anyone got any hints about when to prune the dying flower heads? Datora


On Jan 18, 2010, snowbird67 from Naples, FL wrote:

I bought this plant at a craft fair 2 years ago in Naples FL. It was a foot tall with 2 branches and few leaves. I stuck it on the north side where it gets good light but no direct sun. It is now over 2 feet with several branches. Last week it went below freezing a couple of nights and the plant looks just fine. The Coleus next to it is dead. We live in a landscaped community that gets pest control and fertilizer quarterly and I have done nothing else to it. My plant has no pest damage anywhere. Since we are up north for the summer I only saw the last of the flowers when we returned the end of Sept. That was the first time it flowered so I am hopeful to see more before we leave this year.


On Sep 29, 2009, mahina from Hawi, HI wrote:

our medinilla gave us bounteous blooms for the first time this year, after about four years of growth in a sheltered position. the blooms started in spring, and they persist on the plant, quite attractive still on sept 29. we have it in the ground, a raised bed lined with lava rocks, so the foliage and blooms are at eye level. it is underplanted with bromeliads and begonias, and requires little care, other than water in dry spells and some mealy bug control (spray with dilute simple green).


On Jul 31, 2009, vaodiva from Eustis, FL wrote:

Got this plant on sale at one of the box stores and wasn't sure what to do with it, never having seen it before. But it was so pretty I just had to get it.
I ended up planting it in a mostly shaded area under a couple of oaks. It gets somewhat regular water and spotty sun and hasn't stopped blooming. It seems to have been left alone by critters so far. I'll continue crossing my fingers. I imagine I'll have to cover it come winter.


On Feb 1, 2009, Planter56 from Buffalo, NY wrote:

This plant seems to be very easy to grow and flowers readily. The picture I submitted shows the flower buds emerging. I will add others as it progresses.


On Apr 12, 2008, vittek from Kealakekua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

We live on the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The plant was in bloom when we bought it at Lowes about 4 years ago but has not bloomed since. It grows agressively in mid-day sun near the ocean with shade in the morning and afternoon but will not flower.
Also, something is eating big holes out of the leaves that look like Japanese rose beetle bites but we have not found the culprit for sure.

Any ideas why it won't bloom?


On Oct 26, 2006, IndoorGardner from Falls Church, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this plant. I have searched long and hard for her. Thanks to joining DaveGarden I was finally able to find her.
She is growing well with me in the basement. She loves grow lights and liquid compost. Since she love humidity I keep a special temperature gauge that tracks the highest temperature and humidity during the day vs at night. I find that 35-45% is a great balance to keep all my plants happy and growing. So far I have not had any problems with her. She did suffer a little transplant shock and dropped two leaves.


On Jun 22, 2005, smartdog from Cocoa Beach, FL wrote:

I live on the outermost Atlantic barrier island w/lots of salt air. I 've kept my beautiful Medinilla in a large pot snuggled in the corner of the east wall of my home, where it gets morning sun until noon. Normally, my plants are better insulated against our mercurial weather planted in the ground (ranges f/below freezing some winters to 98F), happy f/heat radiated off the wall in winter. It is blooming now, mid-June thru mid-July w/several blossoms. I moved it into garage f/3 hurricanes last summer, and although I don't keep many plants in pots, felt I'd protect this one f/nematodes. It seems to do well in open shade, but definitely post noon direct summer sun will cook it.


On Sep 14, 2004, anomina from Bradenton, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

there MUST be something wrong with this plant because i cannot imagine why it hasn't gotten the attention its beauty deserves.

the one i bought today, the 'grapes' start off white and gradually darken through pink to purple. the foliage is extremely attractive.

occasionally it gets to way below 40 degrees here in bradenton, fl., so i guess i'll lose it shortly, but the pleasure it will give me until then will be worth it.

perhaps if i wrap it well?

anybody got any ideas?


On Jul 23, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

We had a beautiful specimen of this plant in the property where we lived previously (same village). It reached huge proportions and when covered in blooms it was gorgeous. Locals call it Filipino Grape Hyacinth.