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Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Turk’s Cap, Red Mallow
Natives
Classification Scientific Name: Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
  Common Name: Turk's Cap

Red Mallow
  Family: Malvaceae
  Location Index: CC02
  Suggested Use: beds & borders

natives
     
Plant Plant Type: perennial
  Plant Form: upright

rounded

spreading
  Height: 2.5 - 3.5 feet
  Spread: 3 - 5 feet
  Bloom Period: summer
  Flower Color: red
  Flower: turbinate flowers are solitary with extended stamens

broad petals of the flower remain wrapped around one another
  Foliage Texture: coarse
  Foliage: foliage is alternate with shallow lobes and a cover of coarse hair

the stem is woody and wide branching
     
Environment USDA Zone: zones 8 - 11
  Native Range: Texas

Gulf Coastal Plains

Southern US
  Sun Requirement: partial shade
  Water Requirement: medium
  Soil: well-drained

moist
  Heat Tolerance: medium
     
Care Maintenance: prune tall stems for denser foliage
  Liabilities: potentially weedy
  Tolerances: no serious pest problems

shade

drought

seasonal poor drainage
  Wildlife: butterflies

hummingbirds
  Propagation: division
     
More Additional Notes: one of the few native plants to withstand shade

name comes from its resembling a Turkish fez
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

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