Malvaviscus, Pam's Pink Turk's Cap 'Pam Puryear'


Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malvaviscus (mal-vuh-VIS-kus) (Info)
Cultivar: Pam Puryear
Hybridized by G. Grant




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Keystone Heights, Florida

Lithia, Florida

Seminole, Florida

Valparaiso, Florida

Independence, Louisiana

Batesburg, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

North Zulch, Texas

Plano, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 25, 2018, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

This plant grows well in part shade in my zone 7b garden. I have the dwarf red in the ground as well as my 2 latest additions, White Lightning and the Variegated Red. The pink and red both die back to the ground and return every year. I've planted both of them in the ground and am curious if they will return next season.


On May 21, 2017, KatrinaVanTassel from Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Abundant salmon pink blooms even in partial shade. I have a ton of seedlings from last year's blossoms. I assume they will demonstrate a "wild type" phenotype as "red". Does anyone know for certain?


On Dec 7, 2015, db2776 from Austin, TX wrote:

This is a wonderful plant, both in pink and red. I reside in Austin TX where the summers are very hot and we are in the midst of a drought. This plant not only survived triple digit temperatures beautifully, it did so with minimal (once a week) watering.

Additionally, I placed two plants in shady areas of my yard and still these plants produce beautiful blooms. And the deer do not touch them even when food is scarce.

To top it off, one of the plants produced a single white bloom.

If you live in Texas or any hot area please give Turks Cap a try, you will be pleased... and the humming birds will thank you as well.


On Oct 29, 2012, homewood2701 from Conway, SC wrote:

have no idea where I acquired this plant (took 2 years to finally identify it) - grows in shade with a couple of hours of late afternoon sun and is flourishing - thankfully I placed the then "unknown" right outside my window as it has proven to be a favorite for hummingbirds - has bloomed continuously since May - self seeded this spring and was able to share this wonderful plant with several friends.


On May 14, 2012, r72579 from North Zulch, TX wrote:

I love this plant. Plant it close to where you are, it cannot be seen at a distance. I have mine in morning sun/afternoon shade, right next to a patio and it is a stellar performer in Central Texas. Reliably returns, pest resistant, prolific bloomer and makes many seed pods that are cute little red balls that look like miniature pin cushions. I love the look of the blooms, none of the photographs do them justice.


On Jun 8, 2007, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Here is what one vendor has to say about this new pink turk's cap from East Texas' own Greg Grant:
"This Greg Grant hybrid between M. drummondii x M. arboreus is a fantastic new color break in one of our favorite mallows. The deciduous clumps emerge and when mature will reach 5' tall x 5' wide. The clumps are adorned with rich, green leaves that serve as a backdrop for the axillary flowers that are produced in abundance from midsummer until frost. The turban-like flowers with their sex organs protruding far outside the petals make a great conversation in the summer garden. The flowers on M. 'Pam Puryear' are a peachy, flesh color instead of the typical bright orange-red."