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Abutilon (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Abutilon (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Abutilon palmeri

Indian Mallow
Malvaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

ABUTILON

Native to warm regions around the world, especially South America. Grows anywhere as an annual. Planted primarily for its showy flowers. Good drainage is essential. Control whitefly and scale insects. In cold-winter climates, can be grown as potted plants; keep indoors in winter, put out on terrace or patio in summer.

Abutilon palmeri

A sprawling evergreen shrub from the low deserts of western North America, it grows 3–5 ft. tall and wide. Clustered spring flowers are orange-yellow. Attractive gray-green leaves are soft, velvety, heart-shaped to roundish, 6 in. wide and 8 in. long. Needs little water.

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