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- Common name:
- Mussaenda Queen Sirikit
- Regional name:
- Marathi - Mussanda
- Rubiaceae or Ixora and Pentas family
- Sun growing, Semi shade
- Normal, Can tolerate more
- Primarily grown for:
- Flowering season:
- Year-around flowering, Flowers in flushes throughout the year
- Flower or Inflorescence color:
- White, Light Pink
- Foliage color:
- Plant Height or length:
- 2 to 4 meters
- Plant Spread or Width:
- 2 to 4 meters
- Plant Form:
- Upright or Erect
Mussaenda philippica 'Queen Sirikit' is a cultivar of Mussaenda philippica, a species of flowering plant that is native to the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. It is a popular ornamental plant, known for its showy bracts that come in a variety of colors, including pink, red, and yellow.
The 'Queen Sirikit' cultivar is named after Queen Sirikit of Thailand, and is known for its large, bright pink bracts that surround small, white flowers. The plant is a small shrub that can grow to be up to 6-8 feet tall and wide. The bracts appear during the summer and early fall. The leaves are medium green and glossy, and the plant is relatively low maintenance.
It prefers a tropical or subtropical climate, but can also be grown as a houseplant in colder climates. In ideal conditions, it will thrive in full sun to partial shade, with well-drained soil. If grown indoors, it should be placed near a bright window or under grow lights and kept in a warm location with high humidity.
It can be propagated by rooting stem cuttings in late spring or early summer. Regular pinching and pruning will help promote bushier growth, and encourage the production of more blooms. With proper care, it will re-bloom every year. It is also popularly used in garden or landscape for its ornamental features in tropical countries, it can also be trained to grow as a small tree.
Caring for Mussaenda philippica 'Queen Sirikit' is relatively easy, as long as its basic needs are met. Here are some tips for growing and caring for this plant:
Light: The plant prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some direct sunlight. If grown indoors, it should be placed near a bright window or under grow lights.
Temperature: The plant prefers warm temperatures between 60-90°F (15-32°C), and can tolerate temperatures as low as 40°F (4°C).
Water: The plant prefers evenly moist soil, but be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. Water when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.
Soil: The plant prefers well-draining, fertile soil that is rich in organic matter. A general-purpose potting soil or a soil specifically formulated for tropical plants will work well.
Fertilizer: Feed the plant once a month during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
Humidity: The plant prefers high humidity, so consider using a humidifier or placing a tray of water near the plant to increase the humidity around the plant.
Pruning and shaping: Regular pruning and shaping will help the plant maintain its shape and promote bushier growth. Pinch back the tips of the branches to encourage branching.
Be on the lookout for pests: This plant is relatively resistant to pests, but keep an eye out for common pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects.
Overall with proper care, it can be a low maintenance plant, but with too much neglect it can become leggy and lose it's ornamental features.
Mussaenda philippica 'Queen Sirikit' is an ornamental plant that is grown for its bright, showy bracts, which come in shades of pink, red, and yellow. While it is primarily grown for its aesthetic appeal, there are a few other benefits to growing this plant:
Air Purification: The plant has been shown to help purify the air by removing pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia from the air.
Decorative: It can be used to add color and beauty to gardens, landscapes, and indoor spaces, and can also be used as a cut flower.
Humidity: As mentioned before it prefers high humidity, it can help increase the humidity in a room which is beneficial for people with respiratory problems or dry skin.
Easy to care: As long as its basic needs are met, it is relatively easy to grow and care for, making it a good choice for beginners or those with busy schedules.
Lowers stress: Research has found that indoor plants can have a positive impact on mental well-being, helping to reduce stress and improve mood. Being surrounded by greenery and flowers can help to create a more calming and peaceful environment.
Keep in mind however, it is not known for any medicinal properties and it is not edible. It's mainly used for ornamental purpose and will be grown accordingly.