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Abutilon megapotamicum

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abutilon (a-BEW-tih-lon) (Info)
Species: megapotamicum (meg-uh-poh-TAM-ih-kum) (Info)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral gingern On Jul 10, 2005, gingern from Irvine, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Abutilons need plenty of room to grow - they get very wide. Great in a large mixed container with something tall and spikey. Heavy feeders.

Neutral wnstarr On Jan 2, 2004, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Washington
This is a very interesting flowering annual here. The blooms resemble small brightly colored Chinese lanterns. The foliage is green with clear yellow spotting. Unfortunately here it seems to be a magnet for whitefly. It is best used in mixed pots or hanging baskets. To winter over here it has to be moved into the greenhouse and closely watched for whitefly. But have given up on trying to winter over because of this attraction to insects. Good luck with your attempts.


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

Montgomery, Alabama
Citrus Heights, California
Fremont, California
San Jose, California
Stanford, California
Winter Springs, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Snellville, Georgia
Mesilla Park, New Mexico
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Saint Helens, Oregon
Houston, Texas
Spring, Texas
Puyallup, Washington

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