Anisodontea, Mallow
Anisodontea elegans

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anisodontea (an-iss-oh-DON-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 4, 2015, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a really delightful plant. A must-have if you live in a mild sunny climate, which isn't too arid. Like so many superb plants it comes from South Africa.

In UK this might be hardy to -2C or -3C, in a less disgusting climate it could take -5C. It needs a moist but well drained soil, and partial shade. In a suitable climate it flowers off and on all year -- the flowers are 2 - 4 inches across with dark veining -- rather like small Lavatera flowers, but much neater. The bright green leaves are three lobed.

Perhaps my only complaint would be it's a bit skinny-- just plant 3 plants 2 foot apart. Problem solved.

A number of forms and hybrids are available --El Rayo is popular.

Nice!