Abutilon is a genus of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae, with species that are native to Africa and Asia. Abutilons are often grown as ornamental plants for their showy flowers. They work well for adding color and fragrance to the garden, or as houseplants. This post will help you learn how to plant, care for, and maintain an abutilon plant so you can enjoy them year-round!

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What is an Abutilon?

An abutilon is a shrub or small tree, that has large, bright yellow or orange flowers with green and black spots (often with spots that can be spotted from a distance of more than a mile), arranged in clusters. The individual flowers have six-pointed petals, with an open flower end that points downwards. The flower stalks can range anywhere from six to 10 feet tall and rise straight up. 

Many abutilon plants are native to parts of Africa and Asia. The two types most often grown are Abutilon coreopsis, which has upright stems, and Abutilon traillii, which is a scrambling or scrambling hybrid of Abutilon coreopsis and the related Ammoxis umbellata. The upright plants should be planted in full sun, with well-drained soil.

Where to plant Abutilon

Abutilon grows well in moist, nutrient-rich soil. The growing season is most successful in sub-Saharan Africa, from spring through autumn. The plants should be allowed to dry out in the summer before you prune them. Plant Abutilon in the fall. They will make new growth in the spring. This helps keep them looking attractive and gives them energy to make more growth in the spring. How to plant Abutilon 

Plant Abutilon in pots or in the ground, depending on how much space you have available. Give your new plants a few hours of sun per day during the growing season. When planting in the ground, plant them about 3’ (1 m) apart and 12” (30 cm) deep. Abutilon plants have heart-shaped leaves that are dull green in color. Their flowers are pink or mauve, and have four petals.

How to care for this plant?

The abutilon plant can be difficult to maintain as they don’t have much wildlife or other requirements for water. But, they are easy to care for and can withstand a little neglect if you do it right! Plant in the sun, but not in full sun as they get burned easily. At nighttime, keep them in the shade and you can keep the soil moist during the day if needed. For most, once it has started to sprout and bloom, you should not need to water very often, but check daily after several weeks if you want it to stay healthy. They are native to Africa and Asia, but they have become popular as ornamental plants in parts of the U.S., Canada, and Europe. People enjoy their showy pink and purple blossoms during the warmer months and their delicate texture when dried.

Origin of Abutilon

Both abutilon and amaranth are botanically referred to as “palm trees” and were once the subject of the Bible’s Old Testament. Planting of abutilon in the latter part of the 19th century in northern Europe marked the beginning of the European palm tree craze, a phenomenon that eventually led to the establishment of thousands of botanical nurseries and seed companies. 

Unlike most of the members of the family Malvaceae, abutilon is not an edible plant. In fact, some believe that they are poisonous. However, many people find that they like the taste. Flower: Their distinctive flower is definitely their most eye catching feature. It comes in different colors, and a variety of shapes. They range from tiny to the size of a tennis ball.

Tips for your Abutilon

The leaf structure of abutilon is similar to that of many other members of the Malvaceae family, making it easy for beginners to grow and care for. Mature abutilons can grow up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide! As a gardener, you'll want to be attentive to your abutilon plant's needs. Some plants are subject to drying out more easily than others, as they produce a lot of energy. Also, abutilon has a short growing season, so you should plan to harvest them as soon as possible. Lastly, the plant will be at its peak in late summer or early fall. You will want to be sure to provide extra water during this time in order to keep the plant healthy.

The genus Abutilon consists of six species of succulent, bulbous, flowering plants that have ornamental features such as tubular flowers. The flowers are often double and contain attractive centers. All of the species of Abutilon have similar roots, and can be hard to distinguish from each other. However, there are a few features that are distinctive, which can help you determine the species. 

The flower colors and shapes may be different for each species. The shape of the lip can also be different between the different species. The Common Names For The Plants in Abutilon All six species of Abutilon can be called "ladyfinger" or "bean tree." They are also called "Kreuzhong," "lady's fingers," "lady's fingers with twist," "lady's nails," "camel toe," and "Kung Fung bean tree.