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PlantFiles: Indian Mallow
Abutilon 'Jermyns'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Cultivar: Jermyns


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive peejay12 On May 11, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite shrubs, alongside Lavatera 'Barnsley' and L. maritima. It is really halfway between a tree and a shrub,sometimes with one trunk, sometimes with many.

In my garden in Cornwall, UK., it flowers once in May and again in September, but in Southampton - which has a shorter growing season - it only flowered in May.

Like the lavateras, it is often short-lived - most of mine died after their second flowering, but one lived for five years and was doing well when I moved house. Signs of imminent death are smaller leaves and brown stains along the branches.

I think it does best in dappled shade, moist, well-drained soil and shade around the base. All dead wood should be cut out regularly, and top growth pruned back by 3 feet after flowering -- and some slow-release fertilizer scattered around the soil. In other words it needs a lot of care to extend its life.

Sometimes the flowers may seem rather pale, once I tried intensifying the flower colour by feeding it with sequestered iron (Sequestrone) and the results were quite drastic -- the colour went a lot deeper. This year I've tried Aluminium sulphate with quite good results.

When buying a plant, only choose plants which have several branches and large healthy leaves. If the plant has one tall straight stem with few branches, and the leaves are small, it is pot-bound and is unlikely to survive -- even pruning it back fails to make it branch out.

This plant is a hybrid between Abutilon ochsenii and vitifolium, and has medium violet flowers and vine-shaped, slightly downy leaves Abutilon suntense 'Violetta' is supposed to have purpler flowers, but no two descriptions of this plant are the same, and I wonder if anyone knows the difference, or if it exists!


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


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