Answer: Mandevilla is a tender woody vine and grows outdoors in warmer climates. It provides a nonstop bounty of huge pink trumpet shaped flowers shown off against attractive evergreen foliage. The very showy flowers have white and gold throats and are up to 4 in (10 cm) across and arranged in racemes (flower clusters). Mandevilla blooms heaviest in summer and sporadically throughout the rest of the year. This vine's fuzzy young stems twine around supports, eventually scrambling to heights up to 10 ft (3 m). The handsome leathery leaves are dark green, up to 8 in (20 cm) long and 3-4 in (7.6-10 cm) wide. Given adequate care, mandevilla is pest free and fast growing. Sun for best flowering. Will take part shade. Midday shade is appreciated by plants growing in very hot climates. Needs adequate moisture, but can survive short droughts. Prefers well drained soil. You can grow your mandevilla outdoors during the summer months but you'll want to take it indoors when temperatures dip to 50F. Enjoy!
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