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Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus variegata - Plant

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Description for Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus variegata

Prefers moist soils, but has some drought tolerance once established. Cut back stems after this plant enters fall dormancy.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Mexican Turks Cap Red Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, 10 ft (3 m) easy to grow

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.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade well-drained soil medium (18C night, 30C day) temperature Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus variegata

    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 variegata

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.

References

    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1819/

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