Mandevilla: a pretty evergreen vine!


Mandevilla also called Dilpadenia is an evergreen tropical or subtropical climber native to
Central and South America; this woody vine can reach up to 6 m in length. This genus
belonging to Apocynaceae family owes its name to the British diplomat but also the avid
gardener, Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), who brought the first specimen of Mandevilla laxa
from Argentina to England.
Mandevilla is considered among the most grown ornamental plants in the world. It includes
approximately 200 different species in the Neotropical region and new species are
continually being described. Many hybrids have been developed mainly deriving
from Mandevilla splendens and Mandevilla sanderi. The most popular varieties and the ones
of most often sold in garden centers and florists and by the largest online retailers, are
belonging to sanderi also commonly known as Brazilian jasmine.
The main attraction of Mandevillas is their generous and long-lasting flowering period from
spring to autumn, almost without interruption during all these months. They are also
appreciated for their funnel-shaped flowers which are brightly colored in white, pink, red
and yellow. Mandevilla is appreciated for its attractive pretty and glossy evergreen foliage as
well. The leaves are dark green, long, narrow and have a thicker, leathery and smooth feel.
Some of Mandevilla species such as Mandevilla laxa are even fragrant. However, all
Mandevilla’s parts are poisonous and the stems contain a latex that can be irritating.
Mandevilla may be grown outdoors in warm tropical climates, but it’s usually cultivated
indoors as a houseplant and as plants for decoration of balconies and terraces. Mandevilla is
very suitable for growing in pots and really requires low maintenance during the height of
the growing season, but it does not tolerate low temperatures. The landscape and
ornamental potential of this genus is currently widely recognized and exploited in Europe
and the United States, through culture and development of new varieties.
In addition to its ornamental, decorative and landscape potentials, Mandevilla has also many
pharmacological benefits. This later potential was confirmed by results obtained in many
studies on Mandevilla illustris and Mandevilla velutina. The underground system of both
species, composed of xylopodium or tuberous roots, is used in popular medicine, as
infusions or alcoholic extracts, and has proven effective in treating snake bites and for
inhibiting the edema-inducing activities of toxins such as the venom of Bothrops and
Mandevilla can be propagated by herbaceous cuttings or by sowing in late spring or early
summer, however both methods are inefficient for a mass (cuttings) and true to type
(sowing) production. The micropropagation or plant tissue culture techniques lead to the
production in large quantities of healthy and identic plants in a very short time. Perfect
Plants developed effective protocols with high tissue quality and high multiplication rate in
order to meet the big and increasing demands of this ornamental sector. In this context, we
are working in close collaboration with many clients such as Florensis, Syngenta, MNP
Flowers, Graff, Selecta… With our efficient developed protocols and our advanced research,
we are able to produce at a large scale any Mandevilla variety.