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Anisodontea capensis

African mallow

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.8m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPurple red
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Anisodontea capensis (African mallow). This is a fast growing upright sub-shrub with hairy stems, which will grow about 1m. It will flower through spring into the summer with pink to dark purple flowers which are hibiscus-like, each with 5 rounded petals.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Cape mallow, False mallow

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers, containers, indoor plants.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilSandy, Loamy
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

This plant needs a sheltered position, full sun and good drainage.

Propagation

Seed or semi-ripe cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

If growing under glass, this plant can be affected by red spider mite, aphids and whitefly.

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