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Abutilon hypoleucum (Rio grande abutilon)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Abutilon hypoleucum

Abutilon hypoleucum A. Gray

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

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)


USDA Symbol: abhy

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.


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; adjacent Mex.
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.


Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagation is by seed or softwood cuttings.
Seed Collection: Seed stored in a cool, dry place may keep up to five years.
Seed Treatment: Not Available

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Record Modified: 2007-12-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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