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Care of the plant Anisodontea capensis or Cape mallow.

Care of the shrub Anisodontea capensis or Cape mallow

The genus Anisodontea, family Malvaceae, comprises 20 species of herbaceous plants and shrubs native to southern Africa. Some species are: Anisodontea capensis, Anisodontea racemosa, Anisodontea biflora, Anisodontea elegans.

Common name: Cape African-queen, Cape mallow. This species is native to South Africa.

They are semi-woody and aromatic plants that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in height. They have small, jagged-edge, lobed, dark green leaves. Its interesting flowers are like miniature hibiscus and are usually purple or bright pink. They bloom from mid-spring to mid-autumn.

Cape African-queen is used in flowerpots for terraces or sunny patios, to form bushy groups or in borders. It's suitable for coastal gardens.

Anisodontea capensis needs full sun exposure but in Mediterranean climates it can grow in semi shade. It tolerates cold but not continuous frosts.

Cape mallow can be grown even in poor, sandy, rocky and calcareous soils.

This sub-shrub is very resistant to drought so watering will be moderate waiting for the soil to dry completely.

Cape African-queen tolerates light pruning for a more compact appearance.

Anisodontea capensis is a plant that is easy to grow but sensitive to excess moisture.

Cape mallow can be easily propagated from cuttings.

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Anisodontea capensis
Anisodontea capensis
Anisodontea capensis