Cape Mallow
Anisodontea 'Tara's Pink'

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

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

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

I WANT TO KNOW WHY IT SMELLS SO FUNNY??

Positive

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

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

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.