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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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 Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii
Family: Malvaceae
Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus
Origin: Southern Mexico, Central America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This shrub looks much like a hibiscus (to which it is closely related) which flowers are ready to open. In fact, the flowers never open much, hence the common name of 'Sleepy Hibiscus'. It blooms often, and the flowers attract humminbirds. The 2 inch long tubular flowers appear to be constructed of crimson crepe paper as they nod against the large oval leaves. This shrub can grow to 10 feet in height. The plant often becomes vinelike when grown in shady situations, sending out long stems that clamber over and up adjacent trees and bushes.


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 Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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Malvaviscus arboreus drummondii, Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii, Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus

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jerry
El Paso, Texas, USA
USDA Zone:7
20 Sep 2019
I love this plant. Quite xeric once established. Likes full sun but flowers in partial sun as well. Flowers are small but striking, and the red fruits are attractive also. Freezes to the ground here but soon comes up again as good as before. Seen it used as a hedge in frost-free Santa Barbara. No bugs, no fuss.
CS
Ontario Canada
USDA Zone:5b
4 Mar 2008
I'm sentimental about this plant because I lived in Texas for so long so I am growing this as a houseplant. Yes, this is the one that used to be called by some the salt plant and it does get little crystals of what appears to be salt or suger on the leaves. If grown indoors the flowers do not get pollinated so the seed pods do not generally form. Hope this helps to answer a few questions.
Helen
USDA Zone:?
4 Aug 2007
My Great Aunt used to have a house plant that looked like this one; she called it a salt plant because it had what looked like little grains of salt on the leaves. Does this plant have that? My mother has tried to find out about this plant for years and found similar ones but not the correct one. If this is not the same plant would you have any idea about the salt plant? Thanks, Helen
P.S. I never seen it have the seed pods maybe due to it being a house plant. I know that my great aunt set it outside one summer and it didn't kill it.


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Hibiscus drummondii, Pavonia drummondii - Dwarf mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, Firecracker Hibiscus.
Almost ever-blooming, this shrub looks much like a hibiscus (to which it is closely related) which flowers are ready to open. In fact, the flowers never open much, hence the common name of Sleepy Hibiscus. It blooms often, and the flowers attract hummingbirds. The 2 inch long tubular flowers appear to be constructed of crimson crepe paper as they nod against the large oval leaves. Can be kept compact shape and is good for container culture and bonsai.
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