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PlantFiles: Mexican Bush Mallow, Fimosia, Malva Aparasolada
Phymosia umbellata

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phymosia (fy-MO-see-uh) (Info)
Species: umbellata (um-bell-AY-tuh) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral vossner On Dec 9, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating neutral as newly planted in my garden in part sun. I think profile should be modified to be shown as hardy in z9a. I have seen small trees in my area survive our generally mild winters. Have also noticed that bees absolutely adore this plant.

Positive teresalt01 On Apr 22, 2012, teresalt01 from Tampa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

We love this beautiful plant. We have it in full sun and it blooms year round. The bees love it and we love that!! It survived the horrible freezes we had two and three years ago (12 nights of freezing temps in 2010 that crushed much of our yard) never covered it!! No bug or disease issues - just a great plant - if you can find it!

Positive Gourd On Jan 29, 2006, Gourd from Mesilla Park, NM wrote:

It has grown from a one gallon pot to a 10 ft shrub. The hummers love it and it is in constant bloom here. It is in a raised bed and semi-protected from the elements. At times we get a frost that lasts a few nights into the 20's, and it does have some leaf burn, but it doesn't stop growing. Great plant, does need pruning quite a bit, but can be shaped. The flowers did form some pods and this is the first time that I collect seeds from it. Most of the time I threw them away not knowing they had seeds inside. The bees love this bush and are always collecting pollen.

Neutral palmbob On Jun 26, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mexican shrub to small tree with hibiscus-like red flowers (in June in southern California.. maybe longer than that, though). Deeply lobed light green leaves. Like a like of water in growing season (I assume that's summer?).


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

Moreno Valley, California
Tampa, Florida
Richmond, Texas

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