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Malacothamnus davidsonii - Davidson's Bush Mallow

Malacothamnus davidsonii is a native California endemic. Davidson's Bush Mallow grows in the coastal sage scrub of the San Gabriel Mountain Range with a few plants also found in the interior parts of Ventura County and south of the San Francisco Bay area. Malacothamnus davidsonii is quite drought tolerant. This shrub grows to 4-5 feet tall and wide. Malacothamnus davidsonii is listed as imperiled by CNPS but is offered by a number of native plants nurseries. Davidson's Bush Mallow spreads by underground runners and perfoms well in disturbed roadside and garden settings. Malacothamnus davidsonii blooms in late Spring through Summer with a smattering of blooms beyond. The flowers are fragrant and attractive to butterflies. Amusingly this plant ditched my drip system. The plant at the drippers slowly fizzled out but several robust new plants started growing about 4 feet away. I guess Malacothamnus davidsonii doesn't like to drink treated water.

Malacothamnus davidsonii, Davidson's Bush Mallow

Pink flower and fuzzy foliage of Malacothamnus davidsonii - Davidson's Bush Mallow. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.