Common name: Queen Sirikit mussaenda or peach mussaenda
Origin: Tropical Africa and Philippines
Our local name in malay: bunga janda kaya merah muda (pink wealthy widow)
Flowers come in terminal clusters. Each small (¾ inch diameter) flower has a yellow corolla and 5 sepals which are often enlarged. These enlarged sepals are usually mistaken to be bracts. Usually sepals are green but sepals of the mussaendas can be white, pink, salmon, peach or red. The sepals of Mussaenda philippica 'Queen Sirikit' are peach in colour.
In temperate zones, some gardening experts recommend planting poinsettias with mussaendas. This is because mussaendas drop their leaves and become dormant during winter while poinsettias bloom best during the cold months. Hence, they complement each other.
This is also my entry for Fertilizer Friday. My grateful thanks to Tootsie at Tootsie Time for hosting Fertilizer Friday. To see what others have posted or to participate, visit here.
This is also my entry for Today's Flowers #69. My grateful thanks to the TF folks: Santilli, Denise, Pupo and Valkyrien for hosting Today's Flowers. To participate or view other floral displays around the world, click here.