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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Abutilon incanum (Link) Sweet
Indian mallow, Pelotazo, Shrubby Indian mallow
USDA Symbol: ABIN
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AR , AZ , CO , HI , NM , OK Native Distribution:
In dry and rocky open woodlands and prairies from the Edwards Plateau to West Texas. Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky open woodlands and prairies. USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Drought Tolerance:
High Conditions Comments:
Indian mallow has gray, slightly velvety foliage which provides interesting texture in a xeric garden. Cut it back in the winter to encourage bushy, new spring growth. Indian mallow is a larval host plant and a nectar
source for several butterfly species.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Used in dried flower arrangements.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Texas Powdered Skipper, Common Streaky-Skipper
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Grows better through the warmer seasons.
Seed Collection: Collect seed throughout summer.
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0033
Collected Sept. 22, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-515
Collected 2007-07-09 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-09-06
Research By: TWC Staff, MWJ