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Plant Care Guide >> Outdoor Shrubs >> Mussaenda erythrophylla
Mussaenda is a rounded evergreen tropical shrub or sub-shrub that will grow to 10' tall. The plant's color comes from bracts and not the small, often yellow, white, orange or red, flowers at the center of each bract.
Common name:


Botanical Name:

Mussaenda erythrophylla




It has silky, hairy, soft medium-green leaves.


The actual flowers of the plant are very small and inconspicuous. These small flowers are covered by colored bracts (colored leaves) which makes the plant look attractive.


The plant requires full sunlight for better bract colors.


Normal room temperature is suitable for the plant.


Use a well-draining potting mix and keep soils consistently moist.


The plant requires moderate humidity.


The plant requires regular watering. Allow the top soil to dry out before watering again.

Pest and Problems:

Watch for spider mites and whiteflies on indoor plants.

Growth habit:

It is a fast growing plant and can reach up to 10 feet in height. It has dense foliage as well which become more developed with regular pruning.


Apply acid-loving plant fertilizer a couple of times a year.


Pruning is necessary to keep the plant in shape. Pruning also results in growing of more branches which in turn produces more bracts.


Propagation is done from semi hardwood cuttings.

Landscaping Utility:

Use it as a specimen plant in the garden. The plant stands out when planted on its own.


Container plant, accent plant

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