Rob's plants
home garden plants wildlife seed photos
plant sale journal topics plantlinks fun guestbook

Malvaviscus x 'Big Momma'

Malvaviscus x 'Big Momma'
Turk's cap; wax mallow
Common name Turk's cap; wax mallow
Family malvaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers red (summer-fall)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Shrubby herbaceous perennial whose ancestors are native to the southern U.S., Mexico and Central America. It combines the best characteristics of its parents: the greater winter hardiness of M. drummondii and the larger flowers of M. penduliflorus. The large showy scarlet flowers, five-petaled like a hibiscus, appear abundantly from summer to first frost, and are followed by edible red fruits (although we haven't seen those yet on our specimen). Plants die down for winter, except in frost-free climates when the oval or 3-lobed leaves persist throughout the year.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

About my plant portraits
PlantLinks to other web pages about Malvaviscus x 'Big Momma'

I welcome comments about my web pages; feel free to use the form below to leave feedback about this particular page. For the benefit of other visitors to these pages, I will list any relevant comments you leave, and if appropriate, I will update my page to correct mis-information. Faced with an ever-increasing onslaught of spam, I'm forced to discard any comments including html markups. Please submit your comment as plain text. If you have a comment about the website as a whole, please leave it in my guestbook. If you have a question that needs a personal response, please e-mail me.

Your name

Your comments