Anisodontea julii

Water Needs

moderate

Anisodontea julii
Shrub small
Mountain Mallow

2 - 3 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

light; moderate

Flowers

Pink; February March; summer autumn

sun; clay soils; container; rockery; slope bank; wildlife bees butterflies insects; narrow spaces; fast-growing easy-care

Garden Situation

Habitat

rocky places; grassland; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn

Region

thicket; highveld; Subtropical East Coast

Rain Season

Summer

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Description

Painting the slopes of the Drakensberg marshmallow pink are the large cup-like flowers of the Mountain Mallow, Anisodontea julii. This showy shrub flowers throughout summer, reaching mature height in a single season, so is the perfect gift for an impatient gardener. Its generosity does not stop there; though the life span is short – usually 5 years – it both self-seeds easily and suckers from the roots so there are always replacements reader by the time the parent plant dies off. Mimic this generosity by giving unwanted seedlings to friends. Growth form is slim and neat. Aside from end of season pruning to prevent woodiness, it needs very little upkeep. Large, pink flowers show up beautifully against the large pale grey/green leaves. Height is variable; in some areas it grows to 3m with a 2m spread, but it is often smaller. The Mountain Mallow tucks neatly into a mixed bed, part of a shrubbery, or close to the house, a pathway or the patio where the flowers and their visitors can be enjoyed. Anisodontea julii tolerates moderate frost and hot summers, and though it is a summer rainfall species, it does equally well in a winter rainfall garden. It has moderate water needs through the summer and survives the usual winter drought.

Anisodontea julii
Anisodontea julii