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Anisodontea capensis (African Mallow)

African Mallow, Cape Mallow, False Mallow


Striking when in bloom, award-winning Anisodontea capensis (African Mallow) is an upright evergreen sub-shrub boasting showy pink flowers with raspberry red centers and veins. Resembling small hibiscus, they bloom profusely from spring until frost or all year round in warm climates. The blossoms attract bees and butterflies. The slender branches are sparsely covered with small, hairy, evergreen leaves. Low maintenance, drought and heat tolerant, African Mallow is a gem in the Mediterranean garden styles or patio containers, adding charm and color.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Typically grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 18-36 in. wide (45-90 cm).
  • A full sun to light shade lover, this plant is best grown in medium moisture, well-drained soils. Keep well watered in the warmer months. Drought tolerant.
  • Plant in shrub borders for dramatic summer blooms. Great flowering shrub for Mediterranean gardens or containers.
  • No serious disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, glasshouse whitefly.
  • Needs little or no regular pruning. Prune young plants to promote bushiness in mid to late spring.
  • Propagate by seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer
  • Native to South Africa.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 8 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" – 36" (45cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 8 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" – 36" (45cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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