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Malacothamnus fasciculatus

Malacothamnus fasciculatus (Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray) Greene

Chaparral Mallow, Chaparral Bush Mallow, Chaparral Bush-mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Synonym(s): Malacothamnus arcuatus, Malacothamnus fasciculatus ssp. catalinensis, Malacothamnus fasciculatus ssp. laxiflorus, Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. catalinensis, Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. laxiflorus, Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. nesioticus, Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. nuttallii, Malacothamnus hallii, Malacothamnus parishii, Malva fasciculata, Malvastrum arcuatum, Malvastrum fasciculatum, Malvastrum fasciculatum var. laxiflorum, Malvastrum hallii, Malvastrum nesioticum, Malvastrum nesioticum var. nuttallii

USDA Symbol: mafa

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A usually 4-10 ft. evergreen shrub with long, slender wand-like branches. The branches and shallowly lobed leaves are covered with soft, grayish hairs giving the plant an overall gray-green appearance. In bloom, clusters of pink flowers cover the plant.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Pale pink to mauve or lavender.


Native Distribution: S. CA and adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry slopes & canyon sides below 2500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.


Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Malacothamnus fasciculatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Malacothamnus fasciculatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Malacothamnus fasciculatus


Record Modified: 2022-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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