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Turk's Cap, Pam's Pink Turk's Cap
Malvaviscus 'Pam Puryear'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malvaviscus (mal-vuh-VIS-kus) (Info)
Cultivar: Pam Puryear
Hybridized by G. Grant





4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Keystone Heights, Florida

Seminole, Florida

Valparaiso, Florida

Independence, Louisiana

Conway, South Carolina

Corpus Christi, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

North Zulch, Texas

Plano, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 29, 2012, homewood2701 from Conway, SC wrote:

have no idea where I acquired this plant (took 2 years to finally identify it) - grows in shade with a couple of hours of late afternoon sun and is flourishing - thankfully I placed the then "unknown" right outside my window as it has proven to be a favorite for hummingbirds - has bloomed continuously since May - self seeded this spring and was able to share this wonderful plant with several friends.


On May 14, 2012, r72579 from North Zulch, TX wrote:

I love this plant. Plant it close to where you are, it cannot be seen at a distance. I have mine in morning sun/afternoon shade, right next to a patio and it is a stellar performer in Central Texas. Reliably returns, pest resistant, prolific bloomer and makes many seed pods that are cute little red balls that look like miniature pin cushions. I love the look of the blooms, none of the photographs do them justice.


On Jun 8, 2007, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Here is what one vendor has to say about this new pink turk's cap from East Texas' own Greg Grant:
"This Greg Grant hybrid between M. drummondii x M. arboreus is a fantastic new color break in one of our favorite mallows. The deciduous clumps emerge and when mature will reach 5' tall x 5' wide. The clumps are adorned with rich, green leaves that serve as a backdrop for the axillary flowers that are produced in abundance from midsummer until frost. The turban-like flowers with their sex organs protruding far outside the petals make a great conversation in the summer garden. The flowers on M. 'Pam Puryear' are a peachy, flesh color instead of the typical bright orange-red."