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Common name:
Mussaenda, Ashanti Blood, Red Flag Bush, Tropical Dogwood, Mussaenda Red Single
Regional name:
Marathi - Mussaenda Single Lal, Hindi – Bedina, Manipuri - Hanu-rei, Tamil – Vellaiyilai, Konkani - Mithai Phool
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:
Foliage color:
Plant Height or length:
2 to 4 meters
Plant Spread or Width:
1 to 2 meters
Plant Form:
Spreading, Upright or Erect

Plant Description:

Mussaenda erythrophylla, also known as the red Mussaenda or Philippine Mussaenda, is a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family. It is native to the Philippines, and is a popular ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical regions.

This plant can grow up to 3 meters tall and forms a dense, multi-stemmed shrub. The leaves are oblong-elliptic and glossy, and are typically 15-20 cm long. The most striking feature of this plant is its large, showy inflorescences, which are composed of small, white, tubular flowers surrounded by bright red, petal-like bracts. These bracts can be red, pink, yellow and occasionally cream. Flowers appear through out the year but most commonly found in rainy season.

Mussaenda erythrophylla is relatively easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, but it prefers well-drained, moist soils and partial shade. It can be propagated by stem cuttings or seeds.

It's an easy care plant, and ideal for gardens, patios and terraces. Also, it can be grown as a potted plant.

It's also a butterfly, bee and bird attracting plant.

Growing tips:

To care for your Mussaenda erythrophylla, follow these tips:

  • Light: This plant prefers partial shade, but can tolerate full sun as well. It's a good idea to protect it from intense midday sun, which can cause leaf burn.

  • Water: The soil should be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant thoroughly, and then allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out before watering again.

  • Soil: Mussaenda erythrophylla prefers well-draining, moist soils that are rich in organic matter. A mix of peat moss, perlite and potting soil will work well.

  • Fertilizer: Feed your plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks, starting from the month of March to September

  • Pruning: Prune your Mussaenda erythrophylla regularly to control its size and shape. Prune off any damaged or diseased branches, and pinch back the tips of new growth to encourage bushier growth. Deadhead spent blooms to promote reblooming.

  • Pest and Disease: The plant is generally pest and disease free. However, check for common pests such as spider mites, mealybugs and scale insects, which can be controlled with a mild insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.

  • Temperature: Mussaenda erythrophylla is hardy in temperatures between 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit(15-32 degree celsius)

By providing the right amount of light, water, and fertilizer, as well as regular pruning and pest control, you can keep your Mussaenda erythrophylla healthy and blooming.


Mussaenda erythrophylla is not only a beautiful ornamental plant but it also has several benefits:

  • Air Purification: Like many other plants, Mussaenda erythrophylla helps to purify the air by removing pollutants and producing oxygen.

  • Humidity: Mussaenda erythrophylla release moisture into the air, helping to increase the humidity in your home or office.

  • Ornamental: The large, showy inflorescences of Mussaenda erythrophylla make it a popular ornamental plant. It's vibrant red, pink, yellow and occasionally cream bracts are striking and eye-catching.

  • Attract Pollinators: The flowers of Mussaenda erythrophylla are a popular source of nectar for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

  • Improves Mental Wellbeing: The presence of plants in indoor or outdoor spaces has been linked to reduced stress and improved mental well-being.

  • Decorative: The plant's bright red bracts and small, white tubular flowers can be used as a cut flower, adding a tropical touch to any bouquet.

-Easy to grow: Mussaenda erythrophylla is relatively easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, making it an ideal choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

It's important to note that despite its benefits, Mussaenda erythrophylla is not edible and is considered toxic if ingested, and contact with sap may cause skin irritation, so you should take caution when handling the plant.