Malacothamnus palmeri

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Malacothamnus palmeri
Malacothamnus palmeri
Malacothamnus palmeri

Species Name: Malacothamnus palmeri
Common Name: Santa Lucia or Carmel Valley Bush Mallow

Uncommon shrub with lush green leaves and lovely white flowers. Perfect in mixed perennial border! Inland, protect from hot afternoon sun.

Plant Family: Malvaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 3-6'h x 3'w
Growth Habit: Compact shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: Full sun; Inland: Partial sun"
Soil Preference: Good drainage
Water Requirements: Dry to Semi-dry
Cold Hardy to: To 35 degrees
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Rare
Distribution: South Central Coast, South Coast Outer Ranges
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, Interior valleys, foothills. Elevation less than 2,400 ft.

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.