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Malvaviscus penduliflorus



Not native to Florida


This popular landscape plant is an introduced species that is now found throughout most of the central and southern penninsula of Florida, plus Franklin County in the panhandle. Native to an area from Mexico to Brazil, it is an exotic in Florida, Texas, Hawaii and Puerto RIco.
A relative of the hibiscus, the bloom is similar, except that the petals of the drooping flowers remain closed and overlapping in a spiral. There are two species of Malvaviscus in Florida, both exotic. The undersides of the leaves of M. penduliflorus are glabrate, while the underside of the leaves on M. arboreus are pubescent.

Malvaviscus penduliflorus is a member of the Malvaceae - Mallow family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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