Mandevilla sanderi (Mandevilla sanderi ‘Alba’) Aka Mandevila blanca, Rocktumpet, Dipladenia sanderi, Brazilian jasmine, White Chilean Jasmine ‘Alba’, is a vine belonging to the Mandevilla genus. The species is endemic to the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, but is also native to the Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America.
The genus Mandevilla belongs to the Apocynaceae family. Please be aware that this family is toxic to small children and pets. It has a highly irritant, milky sap inside its stems. Keep out of reach from children and pets.
Named for Henry Mandeville,18th century British diplomat in Argentina. Its epithet ‘Sanderi’ originates from Henry Frederick Conrad Sander, an early 20th century German-born British nurseryman who specialized in orchids.
Mandevilla sanderi climbs by twining around some support and it can reach the height of 4.5 meters (15 feet) if the climate is warm. The flowers of the wild form of Mandevilla sanderi are usually pink. The leaves are green and grow to 6 cm (2.5 in) long.
The cultivars of Mandevilla sanderi include ‘My Fair Lady’ with flowers of pink and white colour, ‘Red Riding Hood’ with pink flowers, and ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ with red flowers of a yellow throat.
Mandevilla sanderi (Hemsley) Woodson [as Dipladenia sanderi Hemsley] The garden. An illustrated weekly journal of horticulture in all its branches [ed. William Robinson], vol. 51: (1897)