Turkscap, Wax mallow, Bleeding hearts, Mexican apple, Manzanilla
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
A coarse shrub,
upper stems greenish and velvety to the touch, woody near the base. Occasional in light shade near streams. Leaves, including petioles, up to 5 inches or more long; blades as broad as long, broadly heart shaped to weakly 3 lobed, with broad teeth, upper surface dark green, lower surface lighter and velvety, palmately veined. Flowers showy, petals bright red, overlapping, 1 inch or more long, pistil
forming a column protruding 3/4 inch beyond the petals, appearing mostly in late summer and fall. Fruit
red, a 5 lobed capsule
cupped in green remnants of the flower.
Turk’s Cap is a member of the mallow family (family Malvaceae), which includes herbs, shrubs, and rarely small trees. There are about 85 genera and 1,500 species, many in tropical America. Okra and the plant that produces cotton are also in this family.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, TX Native Distribution:
Introduced and local in the southeastern U.S., from Texas to North Carolina and south to the Florida Keys. Native Habitat:
BenefitDeer Resistant: Moderate