February 4, 2023
Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii'

Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii'

Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ or Abutilon striatum var. thompsonii is also known as Painted Abutilon ‘Thompsonii’, Redvein Abutilon, Red Vein Indian Mallow, Red Vein Chinese Lanterns, Chinese Lantern, or Red Vein Flowering Maple. It is part of the Malvaceae family of plants. Pictum means “painted”, in Latin.

Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii'
Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’

Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ is an upright shrub. It is evergreen. It can also be a small tree. Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ is native to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ can grow to 3m or 10ft tall.

It has green leaves that are five or nine-lobed. They have yellow spots. It produces bell-shaped pendant flowers. They are orange. They have 5 petals. They usually flower from spring to autumn. Orange flowers have darker lines or veins.

How to grow Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’:

Grow Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ in the sun or light shade. Plant it in loam-based potting soil for a container. Or outdoors, plant it in humus-rich, moist soil that is well-drained. Water it well in the growing season. Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ is generally disease-free. But watch out for whitefly, red spider mite, and scale insects, especially if it is grown in a greenhouse.

How to propagate Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’:

Propagate Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ by softwood cuttings earlier spring. Or try semi-ripe cuttings later in the summer. Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ attracts bees and hummingbirds. Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’ flowers are edible raw or cooked and taste sweet.

Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii'
Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’

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