Medinilla magnifica

Rose Grape has drooping panicles of pink flowers, 30-50 cm (12-20 in) long, with large bracts of the same colour.

The distinctive leaves are leathery, about 30 cm (12 inch) long, with prominent, curving veins. The strong, quadrangular stems are winged. It is native to the Philippines.

For good growth it requires a light, slightly acid compost, such as a mixture of leaf mould, peat, forest litter and sand. Water liberally, feed weekly and mist daily during the growing season. The temperature should never fall below 15°C (59° F). Water very sparingly in winter. Although it is readily increased from seed, propagation by softwood stem cuttings is a more rapid method. Cuttings may be difficult to root and a propagator is essential. •

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