Giant Red Turks Cap, Mexican Turks Cap, Sleepy Mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus - Hummingbird Plants - Almost Eden

Giant Red Turks Cap, Mexican Turks Cap, Sleepy Mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus - Hummingbird Plants - Almost Eden

Giant Red Turks Cap, Mexican Turks Cap, Sleepy Mallow, Sleepy Hibiscus - Hummingbird Plants - Almost Eden

Giant Turks Cap produces a seemingly endless display of 2-3 "long, pendant, sleepy scarlet flowers from late summer through spring where it kept free from frosts and provided with ample sunlight. foliage, excellent for hummingbirds and other long-tongued pollinators.This is a vigorous, shrub-like woody perennial that can reach 8-12 'in mild winter climates and few plants can compete with the enormous amount of flowers that this plant can produce.

The Giant Turk's Caps are probably best suited to zones 9B and 10 where it makes an excellent specimen plant, hedge, or screen. In the cooler portions of the zone 9A and into zone 8B it will act as a perennial die-back. freezing to the ground but readily returni ng in spring to flower the following fall. As with any tropical plant that you intend to grow to a perennial die-back, it is always best to establish them in spring and early summer and provide an appropriate winter mulch.

Pruning can be done at almost any time but between flowering cycles is generally preferred, like during mid-summer, where it does not freeze back. The Giant Turk's Cap is considered to be a hybrid, either man-made or natural, and has been passed around.

for many years and is now known by a variety of common names including: Mazapan, Sleepy Hibiscus, Sleepy Wax Mallow, Turk's Cap Mallow, Cardinal's Hat, Firecracker Hibiscus, and Giant Mexican Turk's Cap.

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