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Cape Mallow

Cape Mallow

Regular price $7.00 USD
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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 2-4 feet
Spread: 2-3 feet
Flower Color: pink-light purple
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Cape Mallow, native to South Africa, is a semi-evergreen shrub that's particularly noted for its long blooming season and vibrant flowers. It's a member of the Malvaceae family, which includes other well-known flowering plants like hibiscus and hollyhocks.

The flowers of Cape Mallow are its standout feature. They are relatively small but abundant, with five petals and often a deeper colored center or eye. These blooms appear almost year-round in suitable climates, providing a consistent splash of color in the garden. The plant's leaves are green, heart-shaped, and slightly hairy, adding a lush, textured backdrop to the flowers.

In landscaping, Cape Mallow is a versatile plant. It can be used in a variety of settings, including mixed borders, container gardens, and as an informal hedge. Its continuous flowering makes it a valuable plant for adding long-term color to the landscape. It's also popular in pollinator gardens, as its flowers attract bees and butterflies.

Cape Mallow is known for its resilience and low maintenance requirements. It thrives in well-drained soil and, once established, is quite drought-tolerant. Regular pruning can encourage a denser growth habit and more prolific flowering. In colder climates, it may need protection in winter or can be grown as an annual.

This plant's combination of beauty, ease of care, and long flowering season makes it a favorite among gardeners, particularly those in warm, temperate climates. Whether used as a focal point or as part of a mixed planting, Cape Mallow adds a charming and colorful presence to any garden setting.

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