Abutilon persicum - Plant
Abutilon theophrasti is an annual plant in the family Malvaceae, native to southern Asia. Its specific epithet theophrasti commemorates the ancient Greek botanist-philosopher Theophrastus.
Plants are occasionally found growing wild in the Western Ghats. They are rarely cultivated. - This relative of the Lady's finger can be planted in gardens as well. - Plants can be grown from seed. - Requores good drainage and average soils. - Can be grown in pots as well.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Persian Mallow |
Marathi - Madam, Malayalam - Thutthi, Kannada - Bettabendu Gida, Konkani - Ran-petari, Sanskrit - Atibala
|yellow, white||Seasonal bloomer||1â€“2 m high||easy to grow|
Planting and care
A flowering maple requires full sun to partial shade outdoors and a bright room indoors. The plant may require shading from afternoon sun. Whether grown outside or inside, the shrub requires well-draining soil and a planting area or container to accommodate its growth.
Outdoors, you should lay a 2-inch layer of mulch around the shrub from the roots extending out to the drip line to prevent weeds and moisture loss. You may use any organic material, including bark or compost.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||well-drained soil||Medium||70 degrees F.||Apply any organic fertilizer|
- Outdoors, a flowering maple requires moderate water in the summer so that the soil is lightly but consistently moist. The shrub thrives with a yearly feeding using a liquid fertilizer. If the shrub lacks nourishment, the lower leaves may drop. Indoors, you can water these plants until the soil feels slightly moist and allow soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
Make sure to water at the roots and not overhead to avoid disease. Indoor plants need a bimonthly feeding with a water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer.
Special features: Beds, borders, pots, window boxes or containers.
Ornamental use: The stem yields a long and silky fibre which can be used to make rope.