Cape Mallow

A cold-sensitive perennial, loved for its long pink blooming period.
Common name : Cape Mallow
Scientific name : Anisodontea capensis
Family : Malvaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Anisodontea capensis - the Cape mallow - is a perennial with a bushy habit of 1 to 2 meters in height, whose stems become woody over time. It bears leaves with five lobes, slightly embossed and alternate. The abundant pink flowering takes place from April to November, in the form of 10cm-wide flowers, with five bicolor petals. It likes sunny warm spots, as well as a sandy and humid soils.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 100 - 200
pH 6 - 8

Plant my cape mallow

Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, and replace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.

Water my cape mallow

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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