Thursday, February 26, 2009

Abutilon megapotamicum

p[Photo: Abutilon megapotamicum.]Abutilon megapotamicum, known in English as trailing abutilon or Chinese lanterns, and in French as abutilon du grand fleuve or abutilon grimpant is a shrub native to Brazil with nifty bright red and yellow flowers.

These Chinese lanterns are not cold-hardy and (in Toronto) have to be grown indoors, unlike another plant also known as Chinese lanterns, Physalis alkekengi. I photographed this Abutilon megapotamicum at Allan Gardens.

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