MAURANDYA 'MAGIC DRAGON' (ERUBESCENS)
In the early 1990s we bred what is probably the first hybrid climbing maurandya ever produced. These incredibly fast growing plants, which possess explosive hybrid vigour, produce a wide range of large, flared, trumpet flowers in all shades of pink and red. They are perennial in warmer climates or in a well-drained sheltered spot in the UK. In addition, they make superb trailing or hanging basket specimens and are unbelievably easy to grow from cuttings. The large tuberous roots should be kept frost free in winter either in a large pot or by mulching in the garden.
Sow seeds, covering them thinly, preferably in spring but can be at any time, in good light, at between 15 and 20 degrees C. Prick out small seedlings into 3 inch/8cm pots containing a John Innes, loam-based compost. Grow on before planting into a large container or sheltered spot outdoors, with climbing support, and be sure to protect them from freezing in winter.
Common name:Twining snapdragon, Snapdragon vine. Lophospermum erubescens
Classification:Half hardy climber