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Mountain mallow

Anisodontia julii

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This indigenous shrub has lovely velvety maple-like leaves. It is easy to grow and attains its full height in just one growing season. It bears delicate pink to purple flowers all through summer and requires very little attention apart from water and light pruning in autumn to encourage thickening of the foliage.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Not applicable

Propagation

Seed
Grows from seed, but may not resemble the parent plant exactly as it hybridizes easily.
Cuttings
Cuttings taken in spring root easily

Special features

Attracts useful insects
It is pollinated by bees and butterflies. The vein-like stripes on the flower cup direct the insects towards the pollen.
Drought resistant
Even though it originates in a summer rainfall region, it is fairly drought resistant.
Hedge plant
It makes a good hedge plant as it grows to its full height (around two meters) in one growing season, and will thicken out thereafter with light pruning.

Geography

Origin
South Africa

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Malvaceae
Flower colour
Pink to purple
Scent
None

Problems

Very resistant to pests and diseases

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