Abutilon x hybridum 'Ashford Red'
Location: Temperate Glasshouse
Abutilon is a large genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, distributed through the tropics and sub-tropics of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. ‘Ashford Red’ is a hybrid cultivar which can flower all winter in a cool glasshouse. It needs a minimum winter temperature of 5°C. It is a semi-evergreen shrub up to 3m in height, with pendant bell-shaped flowers up to 6cm long. It can be susceptible to glasshouse pests including whitefly and red spider mite.
Thanks to Maggie Gowland for photographs.