Malacothamnus davidsonii

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Malacothamnus davidsonii
Malacothamnus davidsonii in the wild
Malacothamnus davidsonii

Species Name: Malacothamnus davidsonii
Common Name: San Fernando or Davidson's Bush Mallow

Very rare bush mallow. Native to the eastern San Fernando Valley. Highly recommended for butterfly gardens. Excellent informal screen. Long bloom season--summer to winter. Threatened by urbanization.

Plant Family: Malvaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 9-16' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Tall, upright and spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 28 degrees F
Flower Season: June-January
Flower Color: Light pink
Endangered?: List 1B/RED 2-2-3
Distribution: Central Outer South Coast Range (South Monterey, SW San Luis Obispo), South Coast (Eastern San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County)
Natural Habitat: Slopes, washes from 825- 2310'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Erect growing shrub 8 to 20 feet high with a few side branches. Stems and foliage covered with dense whitish wool. Large, thick, heavy veined 5-angled or lobed leaves. Flowers large, soft, delicate pink like single hollyhocks. Gallon cans, 60c."
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