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PlantFiles: Turks Cap
Malvaviscus 'Big Momma'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malvaviscus (mal-vuh-VIS-kus) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Momma
Hybridized by G. Grant; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2005

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:

Bloom Time:
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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mojogirl On Jun 3, 2013, mojogirl from College Station, TX wrote:

Momma got a big ol' butt! This plant is HUGE! I transplated last year into my central Texas yard and in the first year it came close to 10 feet tall in these huge cascading woody limbs with huge turks cap blooms. I'm not sure if this plant is "trainable" but its a great addition to my messy butterfly garden. Just make sure you give it lots of space.

Positive TexasDollie On Apr 10, 2013, TexasDollie from Windcrest, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I don't know if I have a particular variety like this, but I do have a red turk's cap that is happy and grows well, even in our dry savannah sand. Easy to propagate from seed or starts, hummingbird magnet.

Neutral David_Cee On Sep 7, 2012, David_Cee from Surprise, AZ wrote:

We live in surprise az northwest of phoenix, 85378.

I tried to grow a cape honeysuckle next to the north concrete block wall in a large pot. Apparently the reflected sun/heat cooked it.

The arboretum suggest a Big Momma Turks Cap. Any suggestion?


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

Here is what one vendor has to say about the new, (larger flowered) red turks cap:
"This 2005 introduction from Texas's Greg Grant produces flowers that are over 1/3 larger that the typical form. Malvaviscus 'Big Momma' emerges in late spring and quickly rises to 6' tall, topped from mid-summer until frost with bright orange flowers, swirled like a turk's cap. Sticking out from the end of the floral swirl are the sex organs...and if I do say so, mamma is well-endowed and proud of it! Invite 'Big Momma' into your garden for some down-home fun. A voluntary royalty from each plant sold goes to help Greg restore Big Momma's house."


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

Prattville, Alabama
Cave Creek, Arizona
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
College Station, Texas
Von Ormy, Texas

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