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Origin of the Mandevilla

In this blog you will read about the origin of the Mandevilla. The source, the designation of the Dipladenia Mandevilla and many more issues will be addressed.


The Mandevilla is named after the English diplomat and botanist Henry Mandeville. The Mandevilla grows naturally in Central- and South-America. The very first origin of the exotic climbing plant lies in a forested and mountainous area in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro. Midway through the 18thcentury, breeders started nursing the plant. Now the Mandevilla captures the heart of many as a balcony- and terrace plant.



The Mandevilla is still often referred to as Dipladenia. This is because the plant was originally called Dipladenia. These days the plant goes through life as a Mandevilla, yet the name Dipladenia does not disappear from the world of plants. This can be a bit unclear sometimes, but the botanical name of the plant is Mandevilla.

Now several different hybridisers have been crossbreeding the Mandevilla to give it better characteristics. They aim to improve the sustainability for instance, or improve the number of flowers and place new colours on the market. The hybridisers give the new species a new brand name. Therefore you can come across different types in the shops. The best known species are:

  • Mandevilla Sundaville
  • Mandevilla Diamantina
  • Mandevilla Rio

Apart from these brands, Mandevillas without brand name are also being sold. These are sorts that are not fully developed, so the quality of the plant is not so good in a lot of cases. The type we sell is the Mandevilla Sundaville. This sort is highly regarded by the public and also the most well-known of the three.



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