Common Fanpetals, Common Wireweed

Sida acuta

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sida (SEE-duh) (Info)
Species: acuta (a-KEW-ta) (Info)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bartow, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Lutz, Florida (2 reports)

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 24, 2010, richbrobee from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I believe it is now named Sida ulmifolia. Common Fanpetals is ubiquitous in South Florida, and perhaps Florida generally. One sees it mowed in lawns, but it will grow into a woody bush, if allowed. It can be trimmed to any height and grows to a dense ground cover, with abundant yellow flowers against dark green leaves. The caution would be that it is quite tough and hard to pull up by the roots without first loosening the soil. Because it is otherwise desirable, I let it crowd out the undesirable weeds and fill in disturbed areas in place of mulch. It is a native to many Florida counties.


On Aug 23, 2009, fnps_pb from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

I just brought a sida acuta home from our Palm Beach County Native Plant Society monthly meeting. Until now I thought this was just a weed that I saw growing in the edges of the alley and in the grassy swale between the sidewalk and street. I guess I know better now. It will be planted in a prominent place in the garden!