General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
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
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Foliage Mound Height: 3 to 6 feet
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Salad greens
Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Fruit
Flowers
Eating Methods: Tea
Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Layering
Division
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®

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Common names
  • Turk's Cap
  • Drummond's Turkscap
  • Wax Mallow
  • Red Mallow
  • Texas Mallow
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
  • Synonym: Malvaviscus drummondii

Photo Gallery
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2016-10-05
#Pollination
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2016-11-06
Location: Wood County, Texas
Date: 2019-10-24
with a friend
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2019-10-20
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-29
Mexican Apple 005
Location: South Carolina
Location: Georgia, USA
Date: Autumn
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.
Date: Summer 2010
This plant is beautiful and very reliable, hummers and butterflie
Location:  Albuquerque, NM Zone 7b
Date: 10.03.21
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-07-10
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-08-03
Large clump formed by underground suckers off original plant's ro
Location: Burleson, Tx.
Date: 2011-10-02
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-09-04
Basal branch cutting rooted 1 month in water only.
Location: Plano, TX
Ripening fruit
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: Sept. 9, 2021
Hummers on it morning, noon and evening!
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-25
Mexican Apple 002
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-07-03
First bush in this clump to bloom year.
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-10-20
Seedling from cutting  6 wks. from cutting.  Rooted direct in soi
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-09-30
Mexican Apple 011
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-25
Mexican Apple 001
Location: San Marcos, TX
Date: 2019-02-17
blooms will come, first the leaves
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2016-07-26
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-08-11
Location: Lilburn, GA
Date: 2022-10-10

Date: 2017-09-13
Location: Burleson, Tx.
Date: 2011-10-02
Location: My garden
Date: 2018-08-20
Location: My garden
Date: 2018-08-20
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Date: October 9, 2003
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-08-15
Location: San Antonio TX
Date: 2017-10-22
Seeds contained inside fruit; very pulpy
Location: WG My garden
Location: My garden

Date: 2011-10-25
Location: Dallas, TX Zone 8a
Date: 2016-09-03
Location: Plano, TX

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo by abhege
Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, Tx
Date: 2014-05-19
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-08-21
Turk's Cap 019
Location: Burleson, Tx.
Date: 2011-11-15
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2016-07-31
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-08-11

Date: 2011-10-25

Red form
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-24
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-25
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-08-25
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2009-07-19
Location: Shade garden
Date: 2012-08-16
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-09-13
Turk's Cap 006
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Comments:
  • Posted by frostweed (Arlington, Texas - Zone 8a) on Oct 26, 2011 2:07 PM concerning plant:
    Turk's Cap is a very long-lived and care-free plant. It has been reported to live 50 years or longer.
  • Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 16, 2012 9:32 PM concerning plant:
    This is a great plant for understory & full shade! Collect seed & plant in the fall.
  • Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Jul 12, 2017 12:54 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Dewberry (Austin, TX) on Apr 21, 2021 8:26 PM concerning plant:
    Turk's Cap bloomed in December for me near Austin, TX, even after multiple frosts!

    It's scraggly but beautiful, with bright true red flowers. They say it likes shade, but it seems to do well in a mostly sunny spot too. I've seen it in full shade, and it copes by getting extremely leggy.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Aug 20, 2012 10:21 PM concerning plant:
    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!
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 12, 2018 4:02 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by ricelg (Hill Country TX - Zone 8b) on May 14, 2017 8:47 PM concerning plant:
    It has done well for me as an understory plant and as important, the deer have so far left it alone!
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On June 23, 2021 Bloomed
WG
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
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
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.
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