Palmer's Indian mallow Malvaceae Abutilon
palmeri A. Gray symbol: ABPA
Leaf: Alternate, nearly round to cordate, coarsely serrate, densely woolly pubescent/velvety above and below, blue-green above and below.
Flower: Very attractive and poppy-like, 5 yellow to orange petals, approximately 1 inch, blooming for most of the summer.
Fruit: A round, multi-parted dry capsule, 1/2 inch in diameter, base covered in dense silky pubescence.
Twig: Densely pubescent and slender, red-brown.
Bark: Green to brown.
Form: A dense rounded shrub, commonly to 4 feet, may reach 8 feet.
Additional Range Information: Abutilon palmeri is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Palmer's Indian mallow.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson