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Valued as an ornamental plant, due to its colorful and attractive flowers. The leaves are alternate, rough, hairy, heart-shaped or 3-5 lobed with serrated margins. Flowers are Hibiscus-like.
Cultivated for aromatic oil from seeds. Young leaves, shoots, and unripe seedpods are cooked as a vegetable.
The leaves have an oblong shap.The seeds are contained in a cotton-like envelope. Dark, maroon flowers are formed in terminal panicles. The leaves and stems are covered with soft, bristly hairs that are extremely irritating to the touch.
Brazilian Bell-flower is a fun and easy-to-grow hummingbird magnet for the perennial border. In the garden or in a hanging container, it spreads to several feet wide in a single season. In the wild, Abutilon megapotamicum reaches 8' tall, but in cultivation arely exceeds 5' tall, and less when grown as a potted plant. During warm months, the plants are laden with cool 2" hanging lantern-like flowers composed of red calyces above the yellow petals, ending with its bright red privates dangling beneath... all carefully arranged between the thumb-sized green leaves.
Abutilon pictum is a fast-growing tropical flowering shrub is prized for its speckled, maple-shaped leaves and showy, coral-orange flowers. A beautiful accent or border shrub in frost-free areas, with an upright form that is easily espaliered against a wall. A showy container accent in bright patio or indoor locations, fun and easy-to-grow hummingbird magnet for the perennial border.
Thompsonii is a showy variety with golden leaf variegation and peach colored flowers with red veins. Great container specimen.
Abutilon x hybridum is a collective name for several varieties. Upright, arching growth with maple-like foliage. Drooping, lantern-like blooms in white, yellow, pink or red in spring. Forms a natural trellis-like shape without training. This is a great container plant. Prune in early spring, and pinch tips to keep bushy.