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Sleepy Hibiscus, Mexican Turk's Cap
Scientific Name: Malvaviscus palmanus Pittier & Donn. Sm.
Synonym: Malvaviscus arboreus var. palmanus
Family: Malvaceae
Sleepy Hibiscus, Mexican Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus  palmanus)
Malvaviscus palmanus in the NYBG greenhouse in mid April
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Frost Tolerance: Tender

Heat Tolerance: Protect from heat

Sun Exposure: Light shade (full sun in cooler climates)

Origin: Costa Rica, Nicaragua

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub to 10 feet (3 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water. Keep the soil moist.

Propagation: Mound layering, cuttings

This shrub from the mountains of Costa Rica and Nicaragua is an uncommon cousin of Malvaviscus drummondii. It needs protection from summer heat in Arizona.

Cultural Practices:
Check for mealy bugs. Little feeding is needed, although some 10-30-10 is useful at planting time. Mulch in summer.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:

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