Virginia Fanpetals

Sida hermaphrodita

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sida (SEE-duh) (Info)
Species: hermaphrodita

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Veined

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 2, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A very tall perennial with big bold palmate leaves, the plant reaching 10-20' tall. The flowers are not showy.

Most sources say this species is hardy to Z3-4.

Its native range is in the Appalachians and the Ohio valley, where it occurs on riverine terraces or floodplains, sunny and moist or on woodland edges, disturbed meadows, roadsides, and railroad rights-of-way. It is rare or threatened and protected throughout its range. It's been designated threatened in IN, MD, TN, and PA, and of special concern in KY.

Its use as a biomass crop for alternative energy production has been proposed. In Poland and the Ukraine, it has been grown experimentally since the 1930's for soil stabilization, for its fiber for use in paper manufacturing, as a source of... read more

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