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Products > Pavonia praemorsa
Pavonia praemorsa - Yellow Mallow

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Malvaceae (w/Bombacaceae & Sterculeacea)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Pavonia praemorsa (Yellow Mallow) - A rounded evergreen shrub to 4 to 7 feet tall with reddish brown stems holding 1/2 to 3/4 inch long leaves that are glossy medium green on the upper surface and pale green below and have an interesting shape with an indented blunt leaf tip and dentate margins, suggestive to some as though the leaf tip has been bit off. From the leaf axils rising up on slender stalks are flowers that last only a day, starting as a light apricot color in bud, then opening to a clear yellow and aging to a rose red. Flowering on this shrub is year round, with peak blooms in spring and fall. Plant in a dry, full sun spot with a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently - though from a wetter climate, this plant have proven tolerant of quite dry conditions and is also tolerant of near coastal conditions. Hardy to short duration temperatures down to 25°F however we lost garden plants the January 2007 freeze when it dropped to 25°F on 3 subsequent nights. This plant can be sheared to maintain as a smaller shrub or allowed to grow up as a semi-formal hedge. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Will sometimes reseed in the garden but has never become weedy. Yellow Mallow is native to the margins of dry coastal or inland bush plant communities on sandy soils in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The name of the genus honors the Spanish botanist José Antonio Pavón Jiménez (1754-1844). The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'praemors' meaning "to bite at the end" in reference to the leaf tips. We first saw and took cuttings of this plant from the front of the Santa Barbara home of Lockwood and Elizabeth de Forest, famed mid 20th century landscape designers and horticulturists. We have grown this plant since 1992.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Pavonia praemorsa.