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PlantFiles: Vine-leaved Kitaibelia
Kitaibela vitifolia

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kitaibela (kit-ay-BEE-luh) (Info)
Species: vitifolia (vy-tee-FO-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Kitaibelia vitifolia

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Dean48089 On May 26, 2014, Dean48089 from Warren, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've grown this plant for several years. It was labeled "Hungarian Mallow" when I first bought it. It is very similar in growth and habit to Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis). I usually cut it down to about a foot tall after the majority of flowers have finished because the stems with seed heads aren't particularly attractive. This is a very low-maintenance plant.

Positive VA_GARDEN On Nov 21, 2010, VA_GARDEN from Hood, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Flowers are not particularly showy, but they are pretty in an understated way. It adds a nice, vertical presence in my shade garden, and is unmolested by pests. Quite tolerant of shade and neglect, it self seeds politely. I have no trouble moving the plants when they are small.

Neutral Gabrielle On Jan 15, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant grows well in the shade of a maple where other plants have trouble surviving. The blooms aren't particularly interesting. For me, it is just a "filler" plant. I think it is also called Chalice. It resents transplanting.

Positive AlanRockGarden On Jun 30, 2005, AlanRockGarden from Louisville, KY wrote:

I grew this plant from seed. It germinated well and tolerated being in various pots last summer as it grew. In the fall, I planted it at its current location. It has done well despite a brush with a water line installation ditch. It started blooming in late June. Has evidence of leaf miners, but otherwise looks healthy.

Positive philomel On Oct 7, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This has proved to be a very tenacious plant for me. I have not given it the best care but it still grows on.
If you like hollyhocks, but they are a martyr to rust, try this quiet beauty


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

Warren, Michigan
Helena, Montana
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Hood, Virginia

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