Flowering in my garden at the moment is this wonderful Abutilon. I was lucky enough to receive a cutting from a work colleague about 6 months ago when I saw it flowering in their garden. ( Thank you Glenn!)
My little cutting has now grown to a height of 1.5 metres and it is still going! It has been flowering since late May and is still continuously producing more blooms. This variety of abutilon is a rarity and are not commonly seen in garden centers around Victoria. This is a classic example of unusual plants that have been growing in gardens that are over 15-20 years old, and the only way to get your hands on them is to get a cutting.
Scientific name: Abutilon pictum ‘ Thompsonii ‘ syn. Abutilon striatum
Common Name: Redvein Indian Mallow, Redvein flowering maple
Abutilon pictum is a large evergreen shrub that has the potential to reach a height of 5 meters with a width of 2-4 metres. The best position is full day sun with rich soil. Fertilise in september (spring- summer) to get the best possible growth in the warmer months. They are fast growing making them ideal to fill up any spot in the garden. The foliage resembles those of a maple tree, this is why it is also known as the redvein flowering maple, however, they are not related. The foliage is palmate shaped with aristate tips and is a rich lush green all year round. Abutilons in general are popular for their pendant bell shaped flowers which usually appear in early Spring and then in mid-late Autumn. But what makes this particular species quite spectacular are the red veins that stand out against the orange petals. Abutilon pictum is a great way to attract pollinators such as bees, but it is not only the bees that love the showy stamens, but also the butterflies and birds.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs