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Abutilon hypoleucum

Rio Grande abutilon, White-leaf indian-mallow, Whiteleaf Indian mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Abutilon hypoleucum (Rio grande abutilon)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy
This is a softly rounded, 4 ft. tall, deciduous shrub with lime-green, velvety leaves and yellow to orange, 1-2 in. blooms opening every afternoon.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Flower: Flowers 1 to 2 inches
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


Native Distribution: Rio Grand plains and valley in TX, south to Oaxaca in southern Mexico
Native Habitat: Flood plains, bottomland, Shaded woods, Palm groves, Canyons

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained sand or loam, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam


Use Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Long-blooming, Attractive
Use Wildlife: Nectar-insects.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Laviana skipper butterfly.

Last Update: 2007-12-23