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James H. Schutte
Abutilon, Indian Mallow
Indian mallow is an ever-blooming shrub that bears numerous small, gold, orange or salmon flowers with red veins. The hibiscus-like flowers are colorful and nod gracefully on the open branches of this evergreen to semi-evergreen Brazilian shrub. Its leaves are maple-like, with rounded lobes and soft medium green to dark green. When young, Indian mallow has an upright habit and becomes more rounded as it ages.
This easy to cultivate plant grows best in sites with partial sun and rich, well-drained soil with even moisture. In its northernmost range, it may die back to the ground much like an herbaceous perennial. In these conditions, it is best not to prune back its dead stems until early spring. This helps it better establish itself. In the far north, it can be planted as a tender perennial or houseplant. Where hardy, it is best planted as a foundation plant or in a shrub border. The popular selection 'Thompsonii' has particularly showy yellow and green mottled leaves and larger salmon orange flowers.
10 - 1
8 - 10
H1, H2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m
6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Peach, Dark Red, Copper, Bronze
Green, Gray Green, Dark Green
Tan, Sandy Brown
Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical
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