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PlantFiles: Malva de Cordillera, Huella
Corynabutilon ceratocarpum

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Corynabutilon (kor-ry-na-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: ceratocarpum

Synonym:Abutilon ceratocarpum
Synonym:Sida ceratocarpa

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ursula On Nov 7, 2007, Ursula from Santiago
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

Corynabutilon ceratocarpum is native to the lower Andes mountains (up to 2000 m.a.s.l.), associated to other native shrubs, either in full sun or light shade.

This is a quite fast growing shrub (averages 30cm/year 1) that will bloom on the 3rd or 4th year grown from seeds.

Corynabutilon ceratocarpum has year round interest because of its evergreen (eversilver?) foliage and pretty flowers during spring and early summer. Its main requirements are neutral pH soil and good drainage. Corynabutilon tolerates frost and even moderate snow. During the first year of growth you will have to take care of possible fungal diseases to the roots. After that, it becomes very resistant to diseases and pests. Prune during winter to promote either vertical or horizontal growth.

This lovely shrub can be planted among other shrubs or isolated as a focal point.

Propagation from seeds: during autumn, using a mix of one part sharp river sand, one part regular garden soil and two parts of compost. You can also add perlite or vermiculite to maintain humidity and some anti-fungal product (as recommended by the manufacturer). Mix well, place in your sowing pan, cover with a thin layer of sharp river sand, distribute the seeds and cover them with another fine layer of sharp river sand. Gently apply pressure to the top and place your seed pan either in a cold frame or an unheated greenhouse.


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

High Point, North Carolina

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