Turk’s Cap

Malvaviscus drummondii

Manzanilla, Wax Mallow, Lazy Hibiscus

About This Plant

Full sun to partial shade; a shrub-like perennial with thick, crinkled mallow leaves and red hibiscus flowers that never seem to open — hence names like “Lazy Hibiscus.” It blooms continuously in warm weather. Although its leaves may curl or frizzle in sun scorch, don’t be fooled: Turk’s Cap is tough and drought tolerant. Plant it in the understory in any shady spot; it can be used to quickly bulk up empty spaces in the garden and fill them with hummingbirds — especially in the dead of winter when the bare branches often still sport vibrant blooms.

Origins: South-central Texas


Can be cut back as needed before it leafs out in spring.

A hummingbird's favorite, and an easy-growing native addition to the shaded landscape.

Min. Height: 4'

Max Height: 6 feet'

Min. Width: 4'

Max Width: 5 feet'

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