Indian Mallow, Parlour Maple, Chinese Bell Flower, Chinese Lantern, Velvet Leaf
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Originally from tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, Abutilon species can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs, trees, perennials or annuals. They have simple or palmately lobed leaves - similar to maple leaves, and are consequently sometimes called 'flowering maples'. They have bell-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers, often with conspicuous stamens. In frost-prone areas, grow under glass.
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Not usually harvested.
Make 10-15cm long cuttings and remove leaves from the bottom half as well as all the flowers from the cutting. Dip in rooting hormone powder and keep moist in sandy soil mix.
Produces attractive blooms.
Africa, AsiaNorth and South America, Australia
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Red, Orange, Yellow, Multicoloured