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Malvaviscus penduliflorus

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malvaviscus (mal-vuh-VIS-kus) (Info)
Species: penduliflorus (pend-yoo-lee-FLOR-us) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:
From semi-hardwood 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
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Linda_Messina On Jul 27, 2013, Linda_Messina from Austin, TX wrote:

It grows beautifully here in Austin, TX. I have seen my daughter's freeze down to the ground and bounce right back. I have found them easy to root from cuttings. They are large, striking displays in bloom.
I love them.

Positive sally1704 On Apr 15, 2012, sally1704 from Houston, TX wrote:

Easy to grow from cuttings. Took awhile to bloom. Likes epsom salt, fish oil and compost tea. Blooms non-stop. Leans toward the sun.

Neutral Zaragoza On Jun 6, 2010, Zaragoza from Zaragoza
Spain (Zone 8b) wrote:

A synonym is Malvaviscus arboreus var. penduliflorus

Positive cwalder On Jul 28, 2009, cwalder from Angleton, TX wrote:

We have two of these plants and they will really get huge if you don't cut them back. The birds and squirrels love the blooms and foliage. The squirrels eat the blooms (Surprised me!) and the birds love to hide in the dense foliage. A must have for our garden as we love watching and photographing the wildlife!

Neutral htop On Mar 8, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Giant Mexican Turk's Cap, Mazapan, Turkscap Mallow, Sleeping Waxmallow, Sleeping Hibiscus (Malvaviscus penduliflorus) is native to areas from Mexico through Central America to Columbia. After being introduced in Hawaii, Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico it has become naturalized. It will grow in Zone 8a and 8b; however, it will freeze to the ground after hard freezes to return in the spring. The stems have fairly dense split hairs. The undersides of the leaves of M. penduliflorus are glabrate (smooth); whereas, the underside of the leaves of M. arboreus are pubescent. The serrated leaves are oval or sword shaped, mostly unlobed and 4 to 10 cm long with a pointed tip. The flowers are 2 to 2.5 inches (5 to 6 cm) long with protruding stamen and are humming-bird pollinated. In Hawaii, they are occasionally made into lei Micronesian style (tied or woven into a flat collar), 40-inch (100-cm) lei with each one needing about 90 blooms.


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

Bartow, Florida
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Interlachen, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Bossier City, Louisiana
Angleton, Texas
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas

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