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Turk’s Cap, Red Mallow

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

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Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

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Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii Plant Information

Scientific Name: Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
Common Name: Turk's cap

red mallow
Family: Malvaceae
Suggested Uses: perennials, beds & borders, natives
Plant Form: upright, rounded, spreading
Height: 2.5 - 3.5 feet
Spread: 3 - 5 feet
Foliage: coarsely-textured foliage is alternate with shallow lobes and a cover of coarse hair

the stem is woody and wide branching
Flower: red, turbinate flowers are solitary with extended stamens

broad petals of the flower remain wrapped around one another
Bloom Period: Summer
Sun: partial shade
Water: medium water requirement

tolerates drought
Soil: well-drained and moist soil preference

tolerates seasonal poor drainage
Heat Tolerance: medium heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 8 - 11
Native Range: Texas

Gulf Coastal Plains

Southern US
Maintenance: prune tall stems for denser foliage

potentially weedy

propagation by division
Pests & Pathology: no serious pest problems
Wildlife: attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Additional Notes: one of the few native plants to withstand shade

name comes from flowers resembling a Turkish fez

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