Public gardens are incomplete without this plant. Allamanda is a very attractive plant that catches your eye instantly and becomes a center of attraction in any garden. Allamanda is a native of South and Central America. The genus name Allamanda is derived from the 18th century Swiss botanist, Frédéric-Louis Allamand.
This plant is evergreen, woody and blooms in abundance throughout the year. Allamanda grows to a height of 2 meters and above. There are 12 species of Allamanda and some of them are semi-creepers.
The leaves are leathery, glossy and deep green. The trumpet shaped flowers of Allamanda are varound 7 cms in diameter. The glossy velvety texture and the color of the 5 petals add to the attractiveness of the plant. The different hues of Allamanda are pink, white, orange, yellow and purple.
Propagation of Allamanda can be either by cuttings or seeds. Plan them under direct sunlight. Feed periodically with a good fertilizer. The creeper variety can be grown in hanging baskets or can be made to climb on supports.
Every part of the plant is poisonous if ingested and the milk sap can cause skin irritation.