Abelia ‘Mardi Gras’
blooms in early summer
comes in 3 or 5 gallon pot
Named after a British physician Dr. Clarke Abel. This genus contains 30 species ornamental evergreen and deciduous shrubs. This genus belongs to Caprifoliaceae or honeysuckle family. Found in Northern Hemisphere, from eastern Asia to Mexico.
These plants usually have glossy opposite leaves and funnel form or tubular flowers usually white or pinkish sometimes with orange blotches, some also have reddish sepals, which add to their ornamental appeal.
Can be individual planted or as a hedge. Abelias thrive in any well-drained and moderately fertile soil, either sun or slight shade. Abelias are moderately frost hardy, so sheltered away from cold/drying winds. Best pruned in late fall, cut flowering branches and some older growth to ground, keep arching habit.