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Allowissadula holosericea (Scheele) D.M. Bates
Chisos Mountain false Indianmallow, Chisos Mtn. False Indian-mallow, Velvet-leaf Mallow
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 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.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, 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
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Collection: Collect seed in fall. Seeds prone to weevils.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0034
Collected Sept. 22, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. BerryNPSOT 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
Record Last Modified: 2008-05-30
Research By: TWC Staff, LAL, MWJ