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Abutilon Violetta

I love my Abutilon x suntense white which is evergreen in Bournemouth and covered in lovely white flowers for a good period early in the year but no local nursery seem to stock it or the violetta which I would like to grow. They sell a lot of the bell type which are not as rewarding as this plant. They are so easy to grow and propagate and shoot up to six foot, or more, in no time. They are a little tender but fine for this area.

Comments (7)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Christine (waves),

    I had to look this one up on the internet as I've never seen it in real life! It's certainly a lot prettier than many of the Abutilons. Is yours white-flowered?

    A couple of years ago I visited Bourton House garden (I wrote about it here: and they had a lot of what I call mallow-like Abutilons, and frankly they all looked as though they needed ironing!

    I'm happy with the more common Abutilon megapotanicum, it's more-or-less hardy around here - I'm in South Oxfordshire - and I'll be honest, I don't have a lot of time for non-hardy plants. But I imagine down there on the south coast you are able to grow a lot of plants that would struggle, up here.

  2. Grower

    Christine Axford

    Hi Rachel, I found in at a local farm shop and it is white and smothered in flowers (in March/April) I think and usually out for at least two months so I am not sure why it is not available more easily. Although I said it was tender I take cuttings just in case and it grows like a maniac. I have two in the ground that have survived the frost and my garden is certainly not frost free. A large proper nursery in Bransgore (MacPenny;s) stocked one called powder blue last year but I think that might look off white so resisted (it wasn't in flower) My garden isn't very big so I have to be careful (although I'm not!) but I will be tempted by the violetta and there is a nice yellow one with the same type of flower. Chris

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Christine,

    Wow, sounds lovely! Do you have any rooted cuttings that have made it through the winter? I'd gladly swap you a well-rooted megapotanicum cutting for one!

  4. Grower

    Christine Axford

    How does this work - I have not sent cuttings via the post before. I have been giving away my cuttings so might have to get another one going but happy to send it you you if you think it will survive. I imagine it might root in water if I take a cutting - do you want to give me your address and I will send one asap. I thought megapotanicum was a climbing plant - is that how you grow it? Christine

  5. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Christine,

    I think it would only work through the post if the cuttings were properly rooted - in effect, small plants. Thinking about it, when I say "cuttings" I actually mean "plants grown from cuttings"!

    If you were able to propagate a few cuttings this coming summer (assuming we ever see summer again) then I'd be delighted to have one, and I'm sure you could find something on my list of plants that you'd like in return?

    Megapotanicum, yes, sort of climbing: it's a bit too lax to make a proper shrub by itself, and definitely looks better when grown up a support of some kind. I have in the past grown it against sunny walls, with great success, but a hard winter killed off the parent plant. Luckily I have a couple of rooted cuttings (now two years old) which have made it through two winters, and I'm hoping to find a sheltered spot for at least one of them in one of "my" gardens this year, to make sure I don't lose it completely.

  6. Grower

    Christine Axford

    Oh Rachel, I just wrote a long missive and lost it I think (not personally) - will have another go later. Christine

  7. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Oh dear! That is so annoying, I know just how you feel - and somehow, the second time around, you can never quite recapture the elegant phrases of the first one, can you?

    Would you like to know a secret? (looks over shoulder to ensure no-one else is listening) If I have a longish comment to make on any forum, anything more than a couple of pararaphs, I type it out in Notepad or Word first, then cut and paste it onto the forum. Some websites are less easy than others to type into, and few of them have the spell check option!

    In the meantime don't worry, I shall come back tomorrow and check for progress!

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