Turk’s Cap, Malvaviscus Drummondii, is in the Mallow family. This shrub was named after the Scottish Naturalist Thomas Drummond, who came to America in 1830 to collect plant specimens from the western and southern United States. It is also known as Drummond Wax Mallow, Texas Mallow and Sleeping Hibiscus. This evergreen shrub is drought and heat tolerant. It will grow in full sun to part shade or full shade.Turk’s Cap will flower from early spring to first frost. Bright red flowers resembling a Turkish Turban, twist into hat shaped tubes with extended red stamens, After the flower drops, marble sized fruit remains. The fruit is attractive to birds. The flowers provide nectar for both hummingbirds and butterflies. Turk’s Cap can grow 5 feet wide and 5 feet tall, but can be easily trimmed to fit into a smaller location. It will have the most blooms during the hottest weather at the end of summer and into the fall. A new pink variety has been introduced by Texas A&M. The red Turk’s Cap was designated a Texas Superstar in 2011. It would make an excellent hardy addition to any garden.
Photo and article by Kim Messer