Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Common Name: Turk's Cap

Family: Malvaceae

Origin: Southern US to South America

Type: Perennial

Size: 48"h x 48"w

Exposure: Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Zones: Zone 6-10

Butterflies: No

Hummingbirds: Yes

Container Size: Large Pot Band

Related to Hibiscus, this versatile plant grows well in full sun or full shade. It behaves as a shrub in zones 8 and warmer, but here in our zone 6b Stillwater garden, Turk’s Cap is a wonderful red-flowering perennial. The leaves of this plant look different whether it is in sun or shade. In shade they lie flat, while bright sunshine gives them a nice crinkly textured appearance. Heat and drought tolerant once established, Turk’s Cap is relished by hummingbirds and should be planted much more.