From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Malacothamnus davidsonii
Common Name: San Fernando or Davidson's Bush Mallow
- Very rare bush mallow. Native to the eastern San Fernando Valley. Highly recommended for butterfly gardens. Excellent informal screen. Long bloom season--summer to winter. Threatened by urbanization.
- Plant Family: Malvaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 9-16' H x 5' W
- Growth Habit: Tall, upright and spreading
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 28 degrees F
- Flower Season: June-January
- Flower Color: Light pink
- Endangered?: List 1B/RED 2-2-3
- Distribution: Central Outer South Coast Range (South Monterey, SW San Luis Obispo), South Coast (Eastern San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County)
- Natural Habitat: Slopes, washes from 825- 2310'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Erect growing shrub 8 to 20 feet high with a few side branches. Stems and foliage covered with dense whitish wool. Large, thick, heavy veined 5-angled or lobed leaves. Flowers large, soft, delicate pink like single hollyhocks. Gallon cans, 60c."
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