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PlantFiles: Common Fanpetals, Common Wireweed
Sida acuta

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

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

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Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive richbrobee 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.

Neutral fnps_pb 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!


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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