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Santa Lucia Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus palmeri
  
About Santa Lucia Bush Mallow (Malacothamnus palmeri) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant Malacothamnus palmeri is a species of flowering plant in the Malvaceae (Mallow) family known by the common names Palmer's bushmallow and Santa Lucia bushmallow. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the chaparral and woodland of the Central Coast and adjacent Coast Ranges of Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. This is an erect shrub with a thick, branching stem reaching two meters or more in height. It is coated thinly to densely in woolly white or tan hairs. The lobed, oval leaves are no more than 8 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a headlike or elongated cluster of pale pink flowers with oval petals each up to 1.5 centimeters long. The combination of gray foliage and pink flowers is attractive. It blooms in summer when many other plants are done. It is generally taller than it is wide, making it useful in narrow situations.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
4 - 8 ft tall
5 ft wide

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Brown

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds, butterflies, and other insects are attracted to the flowers

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers heavy soils but tolerates a variety of garden soils

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

Maintenance
Maintenance
Prune to shape in late fall or to remove undesired sucker growth

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7, 8, 9, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Slopes and valleys of the central coast

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 12.6" - 46.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 0.50", Coldest Month: 41.4" - 49.9", Hottest Month: 61.7" - 77.5", Humidity: 0.82" - 25.87", Elevation: 20" - 3468"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Malacothamnus palmeri var. lucianus
Common Names: Palmer's Bushmallow, Santa Lucia 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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