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Description for Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus
Prefers moist soils, but has some drought tolerance once established. Cut back stems after this plant enters fall dormancy.
Planting and care
Turk s cap is does best when grown in full sun, where it becomes an extensively branched and bushy plant, and produces abundant flowers. If it receives full sun for only a few hours each day, it may spread a bit more and have sparser flowers.
Caring for Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus
- Turk s cap is generally tolerant of all soil types, but prefers well-drained, fertile loam. It can be drought-tolerant once established, but does best with regular water, especially when the top few inches of soil are dry to the touch. It is also quite pest-free and not especially susceptible to any common plant diseases
Typical uses of Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus
Special features: Sunny landscape areas. Borders. Open woodland gardens. Grow as an annual where not winter hardy.
Culinary use: leaves
Ornamental use: The plant is used as ornamental plant in garden and lawns.
Medicinal use: Turk s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) is used as a medicinal herb, a culinary herb, salad herb, and is also used for herbal dyes, and herbal teas. It produces a red dye. The flowers and fruit make a good herbal tea, and the young leaves, fruits and flowers are edible raw or cooked.
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