From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Malacothamnus fasciculatus
Common Name: Chaparral Mallow
- Superior background shrub for dry banks, and slopes. Recommended for erosion control. Spreads by underground roots. Very drought tolerant. Good butterfly plant.
- Plant Family: Malvaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 3-12' H x 6' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, dense
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Winter-spring
- Flower Color: Deep Rose/Pink
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: Peninsular Ranges, Inner North Coast Range, Interior San Francisco Bay, Outer South Coast Range, Southwest, Northern Baja
- Natural Habitat: Coastal sage scrub, chaparral below 2000'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Of upright growth 4 to 10 feet in height with long slender branches and gray green foliage. In spring and early summer the bushes are literally covered with small delicate pink blossoms, resembling single hollyhocks. Generally grows in dry sandy washes. Gallon cans, 50c."
- Other Names
- Common name False Mallow used in Payne's 1941 catalog.