Origin and history
of Mandevilla

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Mandevilla is originated from both south and central America. The most popular variety is Mandevilla sanderi that is the base of the modern hybrids known nowadays. Mandevilla sanderi was discovered in 1840 in upnorth Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It looks like Mandevilla sanderi does not exist anylonger in its place of origin.

Mandevilla sanderi was later on imported into Europe. It was cultivated started in 1896, mainly by British and northern Europe collectors and horticulturists. Because of inappropriate climate and low light conditions, the plant did not bloom very well did not seem to have a great commercial interest. The name sanderi was actually chosen to honor, Henry Frederick Conrad SANDER, a Brtish collector who actively participated in making this plant known in Europe.

It’s only in 1955 that Danish horticulturists discovered the capacities of this plant. Therefore, the plant started to be known by a larger public. Later on, growers and breeders from several countries (USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy…) also started to work on Mandevilla. New hybrids were created from the original Mandevilla sanderi and few wild varieties among all the ones that were discribed in South America.

As part of the new hybrids, the Diamantina® collection was recently introduced… next to the red Mandevilla sanderi.

Origines et histoire des Mandevilla
Diamantina® Opale 'Citrine'

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