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PlantFiles: Ko'oloa'ula, Red Llima
Abutilon menziesii

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: menziesii (menz-ESS-ee-eye) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Dec 14, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Ko'oloa'ula, Red Llima (Abutilon menziesii) is native to the Hawaiian Isands. Growing in dry forests on the islands of Lana`i, East Maui, Oah`u, and Hawai`i, it is is an endangered Hawaiian endemic species. The shrub was discovered in the 1800's. In 1981 in an abandoned cane field at Ewa, a specimen collection was made on the island of Oah`u and it was believed at the time to be escapees from cultivation. However, today plants located at the Ewa location are recognized as a specific naturally occurring population. In 2007, only about 500 plants prosper in fewer than 10 native populations throughout the islands. Its decline can be attributed to the modification of its habitat for agricultural and urban development, from invasive weeds. overgrazing by livestock and feral animals and competition. Implemented by state and federal agencies to protect remaining habitats, a conservation plan is being implemented to establish new populations as well as conserve genetic material in seed banks and botanical gardens. Besides the methods mentioned above, the shrub can be propagated by air-layering.

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