Malvaviscus arboreus var. mexicanus (MALVACEAE) Turk’s Cap, Cardinal’s Hat, Sleeping Hibiscus

Weeds to Whack

This plant was found on Riaweena Street The Gap probably spreading from a dumping of garden waste, or possibly was planted there by nearby residents. It is a rounded, warm-climate shrub from Mexico growing to 3 m tall and almost as wide. It bears large, mid-green leaves and long, pendulous, bright red flowers. Very polymorphic and as a result has been described under numerous names.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Foliage, Flowers

Another example of a naturalised Malvaviscus arboreus var. mexicanus, this time near Walton Bridge Reserve, almost certainly a result of dumping, as it was growing out of a pile of dumped green waste.

Photo: Robert Whyte