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About Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus

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

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Mexican Turks Cap
Maximum Reachable Height 10 ft (3 m)
Flower Colour Red
Bloom Time Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer,
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

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

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

Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus special feature

Sunny landscape areas. Borders. Open woodland gardens. Grow as an annual where not winter hardy.

Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus uses

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

Culinary Use:

  • leaves

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus ?

Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus is commonly known as Mexican Turks Cap

How tall do Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus grow?

On average Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus grows 10 ft (3 m)

What color are Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus ?

A Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus plant bears flowers of color Red

When Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus blooms?

With enough light, Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus may produce Red flowers in Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer,

How hard is Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus to grow?

A Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus need?

A Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus prefers Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade

How much water does a Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus need?

A Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus prefers watering medium

What kind of soil does a Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus need?

A Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus like?

A Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus prefers (18C night, 30C day) temperature

How often should I fertilize my Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus ?

To encourage Malvaviscus arboreus mexicanus growth, Apply any organic fertilizer

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