Last Updated: September 9, 2023

Abutilon megapotamicum

By Published On: January 31st, 20230.8 min readCategories: Photos, Plants

Last Updated: September 9, 2023

An orange Braziliam Bellflower in bloom

A Brazilian bellflower hanging overhead in the subtropical garden

While there are a lot of different Abutilon varieties, Abutilon megapotamicum (aka: “The Brazilian Bellflower”) is one of my favorites.

Unlike others in this genus, these guys like to grow tall (8-10 ft / 3 m) and leggy, with yellow and green speckled leaves and orange bell-shaped flowers that bloom from December to May. I like to plant them in areas where I’m trying enclose the garden so it’s sort of a “room” in which you’re surrounded by leafy subtropicals and these grow above your head forming a “roof” of dappled yellow and green maple leaves and pretty orange flowers that look down at you.

A Brazilian bellflower in bloom

Light through a leafy “rooftop” of Brazilian bellflower

My only complaint is that hummingbirds also love these flowers, so when they’re in full bloom you can get dive-bombed repeatedly.

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.

2 Comments

  1. Judy April 3, 2023 at 11:42 am - Reply

    How much cold will the abutilon take?

    • Sage Osterfeld April 3, 2023 at 11:53 am - Reply

      It’s a subtropical so it can handle some cold, but not a whole lot. Here we get between 10 and 30 nights of below freezing (by a few degrees) in winter and they weather it just fine. Extended freezes or very cold ones would probably kill it, however, so I’d recommend taking it indoors or giving it some sort of protection if it gets really cold / snowy where you are.

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