The first time I saw this strange plant I though the flowers were wilted as they were hanging down. Looking like a poinsettia, is also a plant growen for its colorful bracts. Hello to the genus, Mussaenda. A tropical shrub with colorful bracts that come in pink, white and also a double red. We have both the pink and white planted at my complex in Barbados.
Its common name can be Tropical Dogwood, or Buddah’s Lamp.
Mussaenda is native to tropical West Africa,
where it can grow as tall as 30 feet,
and it makes a terrific tub plant for areas with hot and humid summer weather like Ontario. It can be used as a substitute for Poinsettia, as the genus Mussaenda is more disease resistant and less likely to have insect pests.
Perhaps another one to bring back to Kilbourne Grove as a little reminder of my time in the tropics.