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Allowissadula holosericea

Chisos Mountain false Indianmallow, Chisos Mtn. False Indian-mallow, Velvet-leaf Mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Allowissadula holosericea (Chisos mountain false indianmallow)
Lytle, Melody
An attractive and eye-catching, but coarse-textured, shrub that reaches about 5 feet in height. Its large, chartreuse, heart-shaped leaves are velvety to the touch. Velvet-leaf Mallow has a long flowering season which lasts as long as the weather is warm. Its orange-yellow five-petaled flowers are lovely and attractive to pollinators. The native habitat of this species is on dry, rocky soil in open woodlands on the Edwards Plateau and the Trans-Pecos in Texas and in southern New Mexico and northern Mexico.

Velvet-leaf Mallow is a good choice for a background plant in a xeric garden bed.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Cordate
Leaf Pubescence: Stellate
Leaf Margin: Crenate , Dentate , Lobed
Leaf Base: Cordate
Leaf Texture: Leathery
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Axillary , Terminal , Corymb , Panicle
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Habitat: In dry, rocky soils of the Edwards Plateau and in the Trans-Pecos. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, limestone soils.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Velvet-leaf mallow is striking for its large, heart-shaped leaves and their luxurious texture and for delicate orange flowers. Over the course of the growing season, the plant may become bare underneath. The plant looks attractive with white mistflower, lantana, or big muhly planted in front of it.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Common Checkered Skipper, Texas Powdered Skipper, Common Streaky-Skipper
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Allowissadula holosericea is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Texas Powdered Skipper
(Systasea pulverulenta)

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Common Streaky-Skipper
(Celotes nessus)

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Last Update: 2008-05-30