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Anisodontea 'Tara's Pink'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anisodontea (an-iss-oh-DON-tee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tara's Pink

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral SIMPLY_SUZY On May 10, 2012, SIMPLY_SUZY from Little Rock, AR wrote:


Positive josephfinkleman On Sep 23, 2008, josephfinkleman from Davis, CA wrote:

The plant grows rapidly, it is a very aggressive plant, beautiful blooms, a bee attractor. It is planted near some turf and is watered by the overspray, so no additional water is used for it. In one year the two plants now occupy a space of 6' by 6', I periodically cut it back to make some room for the other plants and it vigorously grows back. The water is straight well water, loaded with electrolytes,arsenic and boron. The soil is a highly alkaline, compacted clay.

Positive Lenjo On May 13, 2004, Lenjo from Mount Angel, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Anisdontea roots easily and is a very delicate pretty plant with a small flower but usually blooms quite profusely. It is not hardy for me here in zone 8 but well worth growing. Bees seem to really like it too.

Positive Happenstance On Nov 1, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Anisodontea 'Tara's Pink' (1992 San Marcos Growers Plant Introduction)

A spontaneous seedling hybrid between Anisodontea x hypomandarum and A. scabrosa that occurred in the San Marcos Growers' test garden. The foliage is larger and more lush then A. x hypomandarum and the larger flowers are a clearer pink.

The seedling was first noticed in 1990 and has grown to over 8 feet tall by 6 feet wide. This plant is thriving in full sun in the driest part of the test garden and looks great with only 3 summer waterings! Will tolerate winter temperatures down to the high teens (Fahrenheit.) We have named this plant 'Tara's Pink' in honor of Tara, the female Rhodesian Ridgeback who roamed this garden.


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

El Mirage, Arizona
Yuma, Arizona
Amesti, California
Chico, California
Citrus Heights, California
Clayton, California
Crockett, California
Fairfield, California
Sacramento, California (2 reports)
Walnut Creek, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
San Antonio, Texas

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