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Plant Species of the genus Anisodontea

Information about this genus
Name: Anisodontea
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: The seeds should be sown in spring at 55?64?F (13?18?C). Half-hardened cuttings can be taken in summer but will need bottom heat for greater success. Plants do best in loam-based compost with added grit. If they are grown indoors, they need maximum light. If grown outdoors they require full sun and should be fed in spring with bonemeal or seaweed pellets. Pot-grown specimens should receive a balanced fertilizer once a month or for increased flowering, a tomato fertilizer. In winter, watering should be reduced to a minimum and feeding stopped. New plants can be tip pruned to make them more bushy, and in spring any straggly growth and dieback should be cut out. Pot plants are prone to red spider mite and white fly.
Description: Belonging to the family Malvaceae, this genus has about 20 species of shrubs and subshrubs native to South Africa. They are evergreen with mostly toothed leaves that can be either lobed, palmate or elliptic. The flowers are typically mallow-like, 5-petalled with shallow cups. These plants are classed as half hardy even though some species can withstand short spells of a few degrees below freezing in free-draining gritty soil. In cool-temperate climates they are used as summer bedding and in mild coastal areas may be grown as border plants.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Anisodontea 3 hypomadarum 9-11
Anisodontea ?African Queen? 9?11
Anisodontea capensis 9-11

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