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Clappertonia ficifolia

Common name bolo bolo
Family malvaceae
Life cycle tender shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers purple-pink
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordindary garden soil (not too dry)

African tropical that wants to be a multi-stemmed shrub. We'll see if our Houston winters will allow ours to reach that goal. If it does, we look forward to its large fuchsia flowers accented with yellow stamens. Alas, we chose the wrong time to plant – within months, it was hit by the severest freeze registered in Texas in many decades, and it did not survive.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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