Cape Mallow
Anisodontea capensis

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anisodontea (an-iss-oh-DON-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: capensis (ka-PEN-sis) (Info)
Synonym:Malvastrum capensis
Synonym:Anisodontia capensis

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Porthleven,

Citrus Heights, California

Corona, California

Davis, California

Sacramento, California

Hollywood, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 29, 2015, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

'El Rayo' is a cultivar of this plant available in the UK.

In the garden centre it may not look worth buying -- in a 3 litre pot it looks like a rather straggly Lavatera with smaller flowers, but it soon becomes much more impressive. It is very very fast growing and soon fills out to become a very attractive shrub if you prune back the long shoots to encourage a bushy shape.

In warm climates with regular rainfall it flowers all year, but in the UK it will flower continuously through the growing season -- much longer than Lavatera. The flowers of El Rayo are a bit larger than the species, and the leaves are bright green.

It's difficult to fault this plant, but it is probably not as hardy as the suppliers claim. I would say -3C will kill it in... read more