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Turk's Cap


​​​​Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus arboreus

  • Common Name: Turks Cap (Other common names: Malvaviscus Species, Ladies Teardrop, Turkcap, Turk's Turban, Scotchman's Purse, Wax Mallow).
  • Scientific Name: Malvaviscus arboreus
  • Family Name: Malvaceae
  • Origin: Texas, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, as well as parts of the West Indies
  • Height:  8’ - 10’
  • Width: 8’ - 10’
  • Growth: Need space to grow
  • Zone: 9A – 11 (can be also grown in zone 8; they will typically freeze to the ground but return in spring.)
  • Light Needs: Full sun – partial shade . In tropical areas, these plants do best in light shade, while in more northern areas, a site in full sun with afternoon shade is best.
  • Salt Tolerance:  Moderate
  • Soil/PH/Texture: Acidic – neutral (pH 5.6 – 7.5).
  • Soil Moisture: Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil but can become drought tolerant once it is established.
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate - once established they are drought tolerant.
  • Pests/Diseases: No serious pests or diseases but keep an eye out for spider mites and Japanese beetles.
  • Growing Conditions: Low maintenance.
  • Characteristics: Flowers are about 1.25 inches long and flowers of this plant are upright to lax. the most commonly found flower color is red, although pink and white cultivars exist, blooms mid-summer to early winter. The petals of this flower twist and swirl around the extended pistil and stamens which protrude above the petal tips, thus the common names of Turk’s cap (flower shape) and sleepy mallow (resembles a hibiscus bud that doesn’t completely open but is sleepy).
  • Propagation: By semi-hardwood cuttings or seed.
  • Wildlife: Attracts bees, birds and butterflies.
  • Facts: Turk's Cap Mallow is a Florida-friendly shrub related to hibiscus.
  • Designer Considerations: Can be used as a windbreak, flowering tree, hedge, in sunny landscape areas, in open woodland gardens, or as a border, and will naturalize.