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Abutilon theophrasti

Chinese jute

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to November
  • Height0.5m to 1m
  • Spread0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Abutilon theophrasti (Chinese jute). This Abutilon is named after Theophrastus, the ancient Greek botanist-philosopher. It is an annual with green leaves and small cymes of yellow blooms.

Characteristics

Annual, Deciduous or Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Tropical Asia

Interest and use

Seeds used for oil, the stems used for fibre. Also used medicinally.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in fertile well-drained soil with full sun.

Propagation

Propagate Abutilon by seed in spring or by softwood, greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly, red spider mite and mealy bug.

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