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
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®


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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 (Kentucky - 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 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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Posted by ricelg (Hill Country TX - Zone 8b) 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 tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 12, 2018 4:02 PM

I have this red flowering plant but with variegated leaves that I bought from Almost Eden Plants here in Louisiana last fall. It has grown to double its size and now in June is in full bloom. It looks like a lit-up flocked Christmas tree with red lights. I love it! I will take a picture and post it when I can.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On August 1, 2018 Obtained plant
Hummers enjoying it
piksihk On June 14, 2016 Bloomed
piksihk On June 1, 2015 Bloomed
piksihk On June 16, 2014 Bloomed
Myles On February 20, 2017 Obtained plant
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.
MunchkinsMom On November 16, 2018 Fruit Ripened
Fruits are Starting to Form on Turk's Cap
MunchkinsMom On April 6, 2016 Transplanted
Deck bed
MunchkinsMom On April 1, 2016 Obtained plant
Dogwood eBay 2" pot, about 12" tall
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