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Malvaviscus drummondii ‘Big Momma’ (Turks Cap)

Malvaviscus drummondii 'Big Momma'
Big Momma Turks Cap

This native of the southeastern U.S. is ideal for shady locations in desert climates. In the summer and fall, this shrubby perennial produces red flowers that are shaped like a Turk's cap. While deciduous, it sprouts quickly in the spring to produce a 4-6 ft tall multi-stemmed plant covered with velvety leaves. This introduction by Greg Grant has flowers that are 1/3 larger than the species. Cut back hard after it enters fall dormancy. The flowers are rich in nectar, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. It also produces an edible fruit that provides food for birds and small mammals.

Plant Type Native, Shrub
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 7 (0° F)
Flower Color Red
Flower Season Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer, Fall
Growth Rate Fast
Height 4' - 6' (ft)
Spread 4' - 6' (ft)
Spacing 6' (ft)
Characteristics Evergreen, Fruit & Berries, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Wildlife
Maintenance Average
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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