I'm a little confused about why it has several botanic names ... Mussaenda luteola, Mussaenda incana, Mussaenda lutea, as well as Mussaenda glabra and Pseudomussaenda flava. I'm also not sure why it's commonly referred to as a 'Dwarf' ... all my shrubs are well over three metres high! I much prefer the common name 'White Wings' ... as you can see from the photo below, that common name makes more sense!
I have quite a few of these shrubs on my property, but there's one that has a special place in my gardening heart! It's the one that's growing beside the front corner of our verandah. This particular shrub is now as tall as the verandah railings and is in full sight when we're sitting on the rocking chairs. Not only does it look fabulous, but the faint perfume from those small star-shaped flowers wafts up onto the verandah whenever there's a gentle breeze! It's not a heady perfume so it doesn't overpower the senses ... rather, it's a soft gentle sweet smell that just tickles the end of the nose and makes you want to smile.
I'm not sure what bird this is ... but it was also feasting on the nectar of the yellow flowers.
There's a really short (and I mean really short) video clip of the bird drinking the nectar on the link below:
Bird drinking the nectar from the Pseudomussaenda
There's such a lot to love about this shrub ... then, just the other day, I noticed something I've never seen before! One of the branches ... just one ... on the White Wings near out front gate has variegated leaves! After having these shrubs in all my gardens over the years, this is a first!
I've been searching any and all references to this plant to see if there's ever been a variegated variety, but so far, have found nothing at all. Guess I'll have to try and get some cuttings to strike and see if I can't grow my own variegated White Wings.