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Palmer's Indian Mallow
Abutilon palmeri
  
About Palmer's Indian Mallow (Abutilon palmeri) 24 Nurseries Carry This Plant Palmer's Abutilon (Abutilon palmeri) is a relatively rare species of the Malvaceae Family (mallows) native the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. It grows primarily on the eastern slopes of the Peninsular Range and the Western Sonora Desert, and in San Bernardino County in the low foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains (330-1,110 m). Flowers are cup-shaped (5 petals), approximately one inch in size. It produces a small fruit which is round, capsular, multi-parted and covered with silky fine hair similar to foliage. Branches and stems are also hairy with a red-brown coloring to the twigs. Bark ranges from green to brown. It is tough and easy to grow. For best results, plant in rocky or sandy well-draining soil. It tolerates occasional light summer watering.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
3 - 8 ft tall
3 - 5 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
None, Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Butterflies (White Checkered-Skipper) other pollinators

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Dry rocky, well draining soil. Soil PH: 6 - 8

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Maintenance
Maintenance
Deadhead if a neater appearance is desired. Tip prune to encourage more compact growth and flowering.

Propagation
Propagation?
Seeds.  For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes and canyons of the Peninsular Range, often east facing, in conjunction with desert transition chaparral and creosote bush scrub

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.2" - 19.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.23" - 2.02", Coldest Month: 46.7" - 55.1", Hottest Month: 70.6" - 83.5", Humidity: 1.68" - 34.62", Elevation: 38" - 4336"


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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