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Pelotazo, Indian Mallow

Abutilon incanum

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
2 × 4
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-October
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 25-30 °F
Leaf Description Leaves a light green, to about 1 inch, with a generous coat of soft hair
Fruit A dry capsule that stays on the stalk.
Longevity
In years
8
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Elevation Range 1000-4000 ft.
Ethnobotany A fresh poultice can be useful on damaged skin. The tea is considered efficacious for throat discomfort
Description Pelotazo is a lanky member of the Mallow family with distinctive bicolored blooms, creamy white and maroon. The leaves are covered in fine hairs and shaped like small hearts. This plant can reseed in a garden. Like many other mallows this species is a larval source for skipper butterflies.