Turk’s Cap Mallow (Malvaviscus arboreus)

Turk’s cap is a member of the mallow family, and thrives in partially sunny, humid woodlands. It fares better in soils with a richer, higher organic content, but is more than capable of thriving in more marginal soils as well.

In optimum conditions, the species can reach over 9 feet tall, but is more commonly seen at between 3 – 6 feet. It’s flowers are a great attractant for hummingbirds, as well as many other pollinator species. Their fruits which appear in late Summer are small and red, resembling tiny apples. Their flavor is sweet, and reminiscent of candied apple and marshmallows!


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