Abutilon palmeri

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Scientific Name: Abutilon palmeri
Common name: Indian mallow

Abutilon palmeri
Abutilon palmeri
Abutilon palmeri
A showcase plant with masses of bright gold flowers in spring and summer. Soft velvety foliage adorns this tough shrub. Takes hot, sunny areas. Rabbits like this one, so caging young plants is recommended. Tolerates a variety of soil types but does not like frequent summer water.

Plant Family: Malvaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Rounded
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Year-round
Flower Color: Gold/orange
Endangered? Not listed
Distribution: Sonoran Desert to Orange Co., San Diego Co., and San Jacinto Mtns
Natural Habitat: Dry, rocky, east-facing mountain slopes, creosote bush scrub, elevation: 1800-2400'
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Care and Maintenance
Abutilon palmeri does not require much care and maintenance once established in the garden. Be sure to combine with plants that have similar water and sun requirements. When flowering is finished, cut flowering stems back to the first set of full leaves. Young plants in particular benefit from regular pruning of flower stalks. Abutilon palmeri is frost tender, but may survive short periods of freezing temperatures if protected.

Other Names
There are no other scientific names for Abutilon palmeri.
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
1993 Jepson Manual Treatment
California Native Plant Link Exchange