Botanical Name: Abutilon palmeri
Common Name: Indian Mallow
Type of Plant: Dicot-shrub
Habit of Growth:
Overall Shape Dense, rounded, irregular; taller than wide at maturity; soft stems and leaves give a light attractive look, more open if in light shade
Height to 4'
Spread to 4'
Growth Rate Fast
Exposure Full sun; will take light shade in hottest inland areas
Soil Adaptable, will take clay soil as long as it drains well
Hardiness Sunset Zones 8-9, 11-13
Leaves Alternaete, soft, velvety silvery leaves, broadly ovate to heart-shaped; with dentate margins; 2-6"
Flowers Poppy-like gold/orange flowers; cup-shaped, 5 petals, year-round
Fruit Dry fuzzy schizocarpic capsule, splits open at maturity
For dramatic foliage color, beautiful contrast to dark greens, dry or native gardens, attracts butterflies and other pollinators
Watering Drought tolerant but may go stress-deciduous, infrequent summer water
Pruning Cut back flowering stems to first set of full leaves, tip pinch for density
Origin: Sonoran Desert to Orange County, San Diego County, San Jacinto Mountains
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