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PlantFiles: Chisos Mountain False Indian Mallow, Velvet Leaf Mallow
Allowissadula holosericea

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Allowissadula
Species: holosericea (ho-loh-ser-ee-KEE-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Abutilon marshii
Synonym:Wissadula holosericea

Alpines and Rock Gardens

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mcbeer66 On Aug 19, 2009, mcbeer66 from Grants Pass, OR wrote:

This plant came up voluntarily in my strawberry patch. Quite a surprise as I had never seen one before. The plant being a native of Texas I,m curious as to how it got here.

Positive grovespirit On Sep 10, 2008, grovespirit from Sunset Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Easy to grow from seed, very disease resistant, and drought tolerant. Because it can bloom during dry times when not much else will flower, it's useful as a xeriscape plant.

Kids like to play with the fuzzy leaves, and this plant is a butterfly host plant. These characteristics make it valuable in childrens' gardens.

Positive LindaTX8 On Jul 20, 2008, LindaTX8 from NE Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Velvetleaf Mallow can be tall and leaves are rather large...and have a wonderful velvetty texture. I flowers often and continues until mid-fall. It can be a bit invasive because the numerous seeds can result in many volunteers. It prefers a slightly moist habitat, but tolerates a drier area, while flowering less often. It can also be a host for the Texas Powdered Skipper in areas where that butterfly is found.

Neutral frostweed On Aug 23, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Allowissadula holosericea is Native to Texas and other States.


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

Saint Petersburg, Florida
Grants Pass, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Helotes, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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