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Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

This native perennial grows 2-3’ high (sometimes higher) and 3-5’ wide. The species has bright-red, pendant, hibiscus-like flowers that never fully open with petals overlapping to form a loose tube said to resemble a Turkish turban, hence its common name, Turk's Cap. Red flowers usually are produced in showy profusion during hot weather at the end of summer and early fall. White- and pink-flowered cultivars and a variegated form available. Turk’s Cap is a good ornamental for shady sites. Good nectar plant for hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, and other insects, Fruit are attractive to birds and mammals. The fruit is edible either raw or cooked, tasting rather like apple, hence its Spanish name, Manzanilla (Little Apple).
Exposure: Sun to part shade
Soil: Moist, well-drained soils
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7-10
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