Monday, July 24, 2006

Turk's Cap or Malvaviscus drummondii

Ever since I read about turk's cap over at Zanthan Gardens
I've wanted one.
I pass them everyday on my way to and from work.
They have been blooming up and down Old Shell for months now.
How pretty it would be blooming next to our bedroom window!

I could have gone and bought one from Plant Delights for $11 (plus shipping),
but when someone called it a weed online
it was all I could take.
I made a plan to go steal a cutting this weekend.

I loaded up the babe, the stroller, and some clippers
(who knows how woody this thing might be)
and headed out for the great heist.

Actually it didn't turn out to be all that exciting.
It just happend to be growing down an alleyway,
not in front of anyone's house,
with a bunch of other weedy plants.
Underneath the large mother plants were little babies.
I pulled one up.
Probably not a great example for Alex,
if he even knew what his crazy mother was doing.

I got my weed, Yay!!

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Blogger Nutbuk Ug Bulpin said...

I find this story cute! :-) By the way, is "Turk's Cap" one of the Hibiscus species?

4:24 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Um...yes...I'm glad you said something. I started to read more about it. Its also called sleepy hibiscus.

"Its leaves have been used as an emmolient and in Mexico the flowers are used in a decoction to treat inflammation of the digestive tract and as a menstrual aid. The marble-size red fruit is edible, having a mealy taste, and is enjoyed by a number of birds and animals."

from here

4:53 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

The hummingbirds like those flowers! In Austin it's easy to find a start for $2, so no 'finger blight' is necessary! I'm trying one with a white flower, too - so far it's barely alive and not blooming.

On the Garden Bits site, Valerie calls it Wax Mallow.

6:59 PM  
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