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PlantFiles: Dwarf Indian Mallow, Small Leaf Indian Mallow, Littleleaf Abutilon, Small-Leaved Abutilon
Abutilon parvulum

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: parvulum (PAR-vuh-lum) (Info)

Alpines and Rock Gardens

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

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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


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
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Oct 25, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Dwarf Indian mallow, littleleaf abutilon, small-leaved abutilon, small leaf abutilon grows natively in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Neveda, Texas (as mentioned above) and Utah. It has trailing branches and triangular to ovate leaves which are 1-2 cm long. Its native habitats include disturbed areas, rocky slopes, dry plains, gravelly flats, foothills, grasslands and desert scrubs. The bloom color varies as shown above in the "Bloom Color" listing (the red is a brick-red and the orange a goldish-orange). Because it has a small, trailingly or sprawling habit, it may be grown in containers including hanging baskets. It is sutable for rock gardens, wildscapes and xeriscapes. (I have not grown this plant).

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

Abutilon parvulum is Native to Texas and other States.


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

Hutchins, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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