Turk's cap can add a cheerful pop of color at a time when little else is blooming.
This old-fashioned Florida-Friendly shrub is related to the hibiscus. It's known for its bright red flowers that always seem ready to open, but never do. Turk's cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) starts blooming in summer and keeps going until Christmas, unless it gets damaged by frost. The flowers attract hummingbirds.
Plant turk's cap in full sun to help ensure a compact shape and plenty of flowers. It can reach up to ten feet tall and ten feet wide, so give it room to grow.
This easy-care native shrub requires little maintenance once it's established, though it's helpful to prune it in spring by removing half of the previous year's growth.
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