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PlantFiles: Bracted Fanpetals, Fringed Fanpetals
Sida ciliaris

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sida (SEE-duh) (Info)
Species: ciliaris (sil-ee-AIR-iss) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms all year


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Jan 4, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Bracted fanpetals, fringed fanpetals, bracted sida (Sida ciliaris) is a native to Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is an introduced plant in Hawaii which has naturalized and is known as red ilima. It is a herbaceous annual or short lived perennial which has up to 14 inch tall ascending or prostrate stems. The 3/8 to 5/8 inch long leaves are alternate, pubescent below, glabrous on top and are toothed above the middle. The petioles (leafstalks) are "bearded" meaning that they have long, stiff hairs. The name "cilaris" means "fringed with hairs on the margin" or "eyelash-like" which refers to the stipules (structures on either side of the base of a petiole). Having a diameter of 3/8 inches, the 5 yellow petaled blooms have narrow, hairy bracts and change to a reddish salmon, peach or sometimes a pale purple. The blooms appear apically in small, tight clusters . Two variants can be found in Texas which are Sida ciliaris var. ciliaris and Sida ciliaris var. mexicana. The leaves provide larval food for the Common Checkered Skipper, Tropical Checkered Skipper, Columella Hairstreak, and Gray Hairstreak butterflies.The Cloudless Sulphur uses it as a nectar source.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Antonio, Texas

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