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Jones's Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus jonesii
About Jones's Bush Mallow (Malacothamnus jonesii) Nurseries Show All Photos Malacothamnus jonesii is a rare species of flowering plant in the Malvaceae (Mallow) family known by the common name Jones' Bushmallow. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the chaparral and woodland of the Coast Ranges in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. Due to its restricted range, it is included on CNPS list 4.3. This is an erect shrub with a slender branching stem reaching two meters or more in height. It is coated densely in velvety white hairs, appearing feltlike. The thin, gray-green leaves are several centimeters long. The flower cluster is a loose cluster of a few pale pink flowers with narrow petals each under a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
4 - 8 ft (1.2 - 2.4 m)

Max. Width
8 ft (2.4 m)

Growth Rate


Flower Color
Pink, White

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Slopes of the Coast Rangesbelow 2,000 ft. in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
-110' - 3550'

Annual Precip. ?
12.0" - 46.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 0.56"

Coldest Month ?
39.6° F - 54.2° F

Hottest Month ?
59.7° F - 78.6° F

Humidity ?
0.53 vpd - 26.18 vpd

Soil Description
prefers lighter soils

Soil Texture
Loamy Sand, Sandy Loam

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Sunset Zones ?
7, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*

Wildlife Attracted
Plants in this genus are attractive to hummingbirds and numerous insects including butterflies. This species is hots plant to the Large White Skipper butterfly

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
1x/month, 2x/month
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Prune to shape in late summer or fall

Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

Other Names
Botanical Names
Malacothamnus niveus,Malacothamnus gracilis

Common Names
Fremont's Bushmallow, Jones' Bush Mallow, Jones' Bushmallow, Slender 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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