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Allamanda (Allamanda cathartica)

Climbing temperatures are a stark reminder that summertime is right around the corner! I know its only May, but Duncheon’s is shifting gears in order to focus on plants that will welcome the heat of summer.  It is not too late to install new plants; there is still time for root establishment before the summer sun comes blazing down on us. In honor of our 90 degree days and rain-less nights thus far, I present to you Allamanda (Allamanda cathartica) as the Duncheon’s Showcase Plant of the Month.

 
 

 Allamandas are a bright and cheery addition to any full sun garden. They come in several forms including standard, dwarf, and vining.  They prefer dry soil and tons of sun.  All types of Allamanda are fast growing, and bloom profusely during the warm months.  Regular bushes are usually around 5 foot tall/wide, while the dwarf variety will max out around 2 feet. Allamandas are great for folks who prefer low maintenance plants, as they do not require a lot water or pruning and are disease and pest resistant.  They can be used as a hedge, but be ware the Allamanda will sustain frost damage at 30 degrees F. I prefer Allamanda as an accent plant or a specimen.  Frost damage will hurt the foliage but the plant should recovery fully after a heavy pruning in the spring.  Allamanda do not require a special type of fertilizer; Sunniland All Purpose Fertilizer applied 3-4 times a year will do!
One other important note is that the Allamanda is considered ‘poisonous’ – the sap has been reported as a skin irritant to some people and ingesting the leaves can cause serious internal problems.  This does not apply to everyone, but if you, your kids or your pets eat ornamental garden plants, then this may not be the plant for you! The nursery is in full bloom and is looking as full and as beautiful as ever! I encourage you to stop by and check out our brand new crop of Allamanda, as well as all of the other garden treasures we have to offer. If you have any questions about Allamanda or questions about any other garden and landscape needs, our knowledgeable staff is always available to educate and advise.

See you at the nursery!
Reese Bernier
Nursery Manager

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QUICK FACTS

Butterfly Attractor

Height: 6-8' tall

Light Requirements:
Full Sun

Hardiness:
Tolerant to 30 degrees

Water:
Moderate to Low

Bloom:
Yellow

 

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