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Allowissadula holosericea (Scheele) D.M. Bates
Velvet-leaf Mallow, Chisos Mountain False Indianmallow
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Synonym(s): Abutilon marshii, Wissadula holosericea
USDA Symbol: ALHO4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
An attractive and eye-catching, but coarse-textured, shrub that reaches about 6 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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
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 , Corymb , Panicle , Terminal
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: NM , TX
Native Habitat: In dry, rocky soils of the Edwards Plateau and in the Trans-Pecos. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, limestone soils.
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Common Checkered Skipper, Texas Powdered Skipper, Common Streaky-Skipper
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High
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PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Collection: Collect seed in fall. Seeds prone to weevils.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0034 Collected Sept. 22, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
NPSOT 0271 Collected July 10, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-64 Collected 2006-08-23 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Allowissadula holosericea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Allowissadula holosericea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Allowissadula holosericea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-03
Research By: TWC Staff, LAL, MWJ