Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

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Botanical names:
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii Accepted
Malvaviscus drummondii Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Shrub
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness:Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Plant Height:3 to 6 feet
Plant Spread:3 to 4 feet
Leaves:Deciduous
Fruit:Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers:Showy
Flower Color:Red
Flower Size:Under 1"
Flower Time:Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations:Xeriscapic
Uses:Will Naturalize
Edible Parts:Fruit
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances:Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds:Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods:Cuttings: Tip
Division
Awards and Recognitions:Texas Superstar®

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Do you want to attract bees, butterflies, and/or hummingbirds to your garden? The best way to lure pollinators into your garden is to plant things they love. Pollinators love wildflowers. These are a few of my favorites that are loved by pollinators and are easy to grow.

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Posted by frostweed (Arlington, Texas - Zone 8a) on Oct 26, 2011 2:07 PM

Turk's Cap is a very long-lived and care-free plant. It has been reported to live 50 years or longer.

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Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 16, 2012 9:32 PM

This is a great plant for understory & full shade! Collect seed & plant in the fall.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Aug 20, 2012 10:21 PM

I've grown this plant as an annual and love it! I'm going to grow it next year instead of 'Big Momma', which I am growing this year. It doesn't take as much space to grow in a container as 'Big Momma' does.

Both have beautiful flowers, but if space is an issue, then this Turk's Cap is the one to grow.

I love the way the flowers are shaped! So charming! The hummers love the flowers also!

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Posted by ricelg (Hill Country TX - Zone 8a) on May 14, 2017 8:47 PM

It has done well for me as an understory plant and as important, the deer have so far left it alone!

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Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Jul 12, 2017 12:54 PM

I have 5 of these plants in various spots in my garden. They'll grow in full sun or full shade and this year I've noticed quite a few hummingbirds visiting the flowers. I also have mine planted in clay soil that hasn't been amended and they still thrive. It's definitely a carefree plant.

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Plant Performance Reports
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Nederland, Texas (Horntoad)2015: Plant performed perfectly
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this plant was started from seed purchased in 2016. Overwintered in greenhouse through winter of 2016. Plan to plant out into the garden in spring of 2017. Lovely healthy plant with deep green leaf color.
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Dogwood eBay 2" pot, about 12" tall
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Beautiful picture of yellow butterfly on red bud by tabbycatJul 1, 2017 10:49 AM0
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Looking for Desert Bird of Paradise or Turk's Cap Seeds by TexasPlumeria87Aug 21, 2015 5:43 PM2
Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) by abhegeAug 15, 2015 9:47 PM5
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