Malvaviscus arboreus var Drummondi - Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus arboreus var Drummondi – Turk’s Cap

This attractive flower blooms from May through November, although it was almost evergreen this past winter… we’ll never know because I pruned it back around February. Normally a deciduous perennial, it thrives in partial shade locations; the Tradescentia gigantea, Giant Spiderwort, which blooms earlier and then goes to seed makes for an excellent companion. Hummningbirds like it, bees and butterflies like it, but I haven’t seen any fleas, educated or not, on it. Both the flower and the fruit attract wildlife. I haven’t tried it, but it is supposed to taste like apple, hence one of its common names, Manzanilla.