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Malvaviscus drummondii

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Photos credit J.C. Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Small Turk's-cap

This Hibiscus relative is native to the Gulf Coast states and southward but widely grown elsewhere. It is a shrubby plant with bright red flowers less than two inches long but showy over a long period during the hot months and attractive to hummingbirds. In most of the South it is basically a perennial but it is more shrubby in the warmer sections. It is more cold hardy than the Large Turkscap (Malvaviscus arboreus) and sometimes self-seeds from the small white to red applelike fruits. Plant in a sunny bed or border with well-drained soil.

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4-6 Feet


4-6 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 7-10

Characteristics & Attributes

Growth Rate in the Garden
Sun Requirements
Full Sun to Light Shade