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Anisodontea capensis

African mallow

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

The name might be unfamiliar, but this prolific South African plant has been grown for over a century in this country as a tender perennial pot plant. It flowers continuously through the summer into autumn, the hibiscus-like blooms varying in colour from light pink to deep magenta. The evergreen leaves are small and bright green. It needs to be overwintered under glass, but may survive winter outside in very mild, sheltered areas. May be propagated by seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Anisodontea

Species: capensis

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to take cuttings: August to September

Flowering period: June to October


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