Abutilon indicum, Sida indica, Abutilon hirtum, Indian mallow

Abutilon indicum, Sida indica, Abutilon hirtum

Indian mallow
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Mostly used as an indoor houseplant, the flowering maple is a good alternative for those in climates that aren't suitable for maples to grow naturally. The trunk is somewhat woody, with two to three inch leaves which are quite similar to maple leaves. So far, rarely used as bonsai, but they are readily available and have 2 inch bell-shaped flowers which bloom year-round to recommend them. Shape is usually maintained through pruning, however wiring should work as long as care was taken to protect the branches. These plants do fine in ordinary potting soil.

Abutilon indicum var. hirtum (Abutilon hirtum) is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre, medicines and food.

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