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Anisodontea julii / Drakensberg Mallow / Shrub / Seeds

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Anisodontea julii / Drakensberg Mallow / Shrub / Seeds

The Drakensberg Mallow is an attractive upright shrub with distinctive serrated leaves and large pink Hibiscus-like flowers in summer.  Plants grow quickly into shrubs about 1-2m tall and flower in the first year from early sowings.  They are good for filling largish gaps in a border and for holding their evergreen leaves in winter.  They attract lots of pollinators into the garden.


These plants grow best in full sun and most soils.  They grow particularly well in acidic granite soils, but are not fussy overall.  They come from a mountainous area in Southern Africa and are mostly hardy, but it is best to assume they are only fully hardy in warmer southern and western gardens in the UK.  They are likely to be hardier once they have formed a woody structure.   

Pack of 10 Seeds.  Sow the seeds in spring and summer.  Seeds need scarifying and can germinate erratically, so sow more than you need.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


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Hardiness Hardy to half hardy evergreen shrub
Flowers Summer
Height 1 - 2m
Spread 0.5 - 1m
Conditions  Full sun to part shade and most soils, with plants liking acidic granite soils in particular.  Grow in milder gardens or keep cuttings in a greenhouse over winter for planting out in spring.
Sow

Sow in spring to summer.  Before sowing, scarify the seeds by gently rubbing with sandpaper.  Then sow the seeds in a tray of compost.  Cover lightly with compost and keep at around 20C.  Seeds germinate in 2-4 weeks but may take up to two months, so do not discard the tray too quickly.  Once the seedlings are established, pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushiness.

Grow

Protect young seedlings from harsh frost in the first year, before they develop a woody structure.  Plants grow quickly and may flower in the first year.  Once plants are established, cut back about 1/3rd of the branches in autumn each year to keep the plants in good shape.   Soft tip cuttings take well in spring and early summer.