Scientific: Abutilon palmeri
Common: Indian mallow, Superstitution mallow, Palmer's abutilon
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Southwest United States and northern Mexico generally between 1,000 and 3,000 feet in elevation.

Pronounciation: A-BOO-tee-lon PAL-mer-eye

Hardiness zones
USDA 9-11

Landscape Use: Xeric (dry) landscape settings, foliar and textural accent, xeriscape landscape design themes.

Form & Character: Dense, rounded, irregular, clumsy with a light and festive appearance.

Growth Habit: Evergreen, a mostly herbaceaous perennial shrub to 8 feet tall with less than equal spread. Growth rate and eventual size varies with water availability.

Foliage/texture: Alternate, ovate with dentate (tooth like) leaf margins to 2 inches long, prominent palmate leaf veins, strongly velvet pubescent to tomentose and woolly, glaucous. Young twigs and stems are pubescent also; medium texture.

Flowers & fruits: Axillary flowers, gray green sepals, five yellow-gold colored petals, cup shaped. Fruits are a schizocarp, inconspicuous, pubscent, roundish, capsular, seeds blackened.

Seasonal color: Flowers during entire warm season.

Temperature: Hardy to 20oF. Tolerant of high desert heat.

Light: Full sun required, no shade.

Soil: Tolerant, so long as well drained.

Watering: Infrequent deep irrigations during the growing season only; use water to control growth rate. High water applications results in rank vegetative growth with fewer flowers. No supplemental during winter.

Pruning: Severely head back every few years to control spread.

Propagation: Seed, softwood cuttings

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: This is a carefree accent plant for xeric gardens. Easy to care for. Thrives with limited supplemental water during Phoenix summers.