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Brighten Up Your Garden with the Stunning Mussaenda Philippica Calcutta Sunrise Orange Plant

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Rs. 99.00
Common name:
Mussaenda Orange
Regional name:
Marathi - Musanda Keshari
Rubiaceae or Ixora and Pentas family


Mussaenda Philippica 'Calcutta Sunrise Orange' is a beautiful and eye-catching tropical shrub known for its vibrant orange sepals and lush green foliage. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information on how to grow, care for, and enjoy the benefits of this stunning plant.

Botanical Description

  • Scientific name: Mussaenda Philippica 'Calcutta Sunrise Orange'
  • Family: Rubiaceae
  • Common names: Orange Mussaenda, Calcutta Sunrise, Orange Flag Bush
  • Origin: The Philippines
  • Growth habit: Upright, bushy
  • Height: 6-10 feet
  • Spread: 4-6 feet
  • Bloom time: Year-round in tropical climates; late spring to early autumn in cooler climates
  • Flower colors: White or pale yellow with showy orange sepals
  • Foliage: Dark green, glossy leaves

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Hardiness zones: 10-11
  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: Well-drained, fertile, and slightly acidic
  • Water: Moderate, regular watering; do not overwater or allow soil to dry out completely
  • Temperature: 60-85°F (15-29°C)
  • Humidity: High; mist leaves regularly to maintain humidity

Planting and Propagation

  • Best time to plant: Late spring or early summer
  • Spacing: 4-6 feet apart
  • Propagation methods: Cuttings or seeds
  • Cuttings: Take 6-inch-long stem cuttings with at least two leaf nodes; remove lower leaves and dip in rooting hormone before planting in a well-draining medium
  • Seeds: Sow seeds in a well-draining medium and keep moist; germination may take several weeks

Care and Maintenance

  • Pruning: Prune after flowering to maintain shape and encourage bushier growth
  • Fertilizer: Apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer in spring and summer, or use a liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season
  • Pests: Spider mites, whiteflies, and aphids; use insecticidal soap or neem oil as needed
  • Diseases: Root rot and fungal infections; ensure proper drainage and avoid overwatering to prevent issues

Benefits and Uses

  • Ornamental value: Vibrant orange sepals and lush green foliage make this plant a stunning addition to any garden or landscape
  • Pollinator attraction: Attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, promoting biodiversity in your garden
  • Container planting: Suitable for growing in containers and pots, making it perfect for patios, balconies, or small gardens
  • Privacy screen: Plant multiple shrubs to create a dense and colorful privacy hedge
  • Cut flowers: Use the unique flowers in arrangements for added interest and color

By following this comprehensive guide, you'll be well-equipped to grow, care for, and enjoy the numerous benefits of the Mussaenda Philippica 'Calcutta Sunrise Orange' plant. Its vibrant colors and tropical appeal make it a stunning addition to any garden.