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Palmer's Indian Mallow

Abutilon palmeri

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, 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
3-5' × 2-4'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season October-April
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 20 °F
Leaf Description Heart shaped, covered in soft hairs
Fruit A 10-capsuled pod
Longevity
In years
8
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Elevation Range 1000-3000 ft.
Description A large and robust member of the Mallow family found in the Superstition mountains and Organ Pipe National Monument. Identifiable by the large, heart shaped, hairy leaves along with the cupped yellow blooms. The seed pods are 10-chambered and hairy like the rest of the plant. With water this species can grow several feet tall, and has good potential to reseed into gardens. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the blooms, and a number of moths and butterflies use this plant as a larval source. A good element to include in a pollinator garden along with penstemons (Penstemon spp.), Goodding's verbena (Glandularia goodingii), asters (Asteraceae spp.), and milkweeds (Asclepias spp.). Also a desert tortoise food plant.