Abutilon palmeri

Common Name:
Indian Mallow
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Malvaceae (The Mallow Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2-3 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Full sun
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 25-30 degrees F.
This denizen of our southern desert, quite distinct from the hybrid abutilons, grows about 3 feet high and broad. Both the stems and large three lobed leaves are densely covered with white wool, giving it a striking, almost ghostly appearance. From mid spring to late fall, in mild climates, it produces a continual succession of golden yellow to bright orange (not the usual tawny shades) flowers, each about 1.5 inches broad, on wand-like stalks. Best planted in well-drained soil, in a sunny spot. Drought tolerant.