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Indian Valley Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus aboriginum
About Indian Valley Bush Mallow (Malacothamnus aboriginum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Malacothamnus aboriginum is an uncommon species of flowering plant in the mallow family known by the common names gray bushmallow and Indian Valley bushmallow. It is endemic to California, where it is native to the Inner Central Coast Ranges to the west of the Central Valley. Its habitat includes the chaparral and woodland of the rocky hillsides, where it is most plentiful after wildfire. This is a bushy shrub with thick branches coated in hairs. It reaches heights between 2 and 3 meters. It bears oval or rounded leaves several centimeters long which are generally divided into sharp lobes. The flower cluster is a cluster of many pale pink flowers with oval or rounded petals one half to one centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

6.6 - 10 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open rocky slopes

Annual Precipitation: 5.2" - 34.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 2.94", Coldest Month: 38.3" - 55.2", Hottest Month: 65.2" - 86.8", Humidity: 0.97" - 38.26", Elevation: 169" - 6191"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Gray Bushmallow, Indian Valley Bushmallow

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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