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Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii


Height - 4 feet

Width - 3 feet


Full sun, part or full shade

Plant Type

Native shrubby perennial,

"Texas Superstar"

Other common names

Drummond's Turkscap, Wax/Red Mallow,

Sleeping Hibiscus,

Bleeding Hearts


Close up view

Full plant view

Save Water   Low to medium water required
More Color   Small, turban-shaped flowers from spring through fall
Attract Wildlife   Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies love the flowers
Reduce Maintenance   Can be cut to ground in winter to control size
Texas Tough    Turk's Cap is considered a Texas Superstar Plant!

Interesting Facts

The tiny red hibiscus flowers never open, hence the common name "Sleeping Hibiscus."  They are said to resemble Turkish turbans, hence the name "Turk's Cap."  The plant's fruit is actually edible, and tastes a little bit like an apple.  This is why the Spanish name for the plant is "Manzanilla" or "Mexican Apple."  Birds will eat the fruit produced by the pollinated flowers.  There is actually a variation of Turk's Cap that has salmon-pink flowers, instead of red.

Turk's Cap in Frisco

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