rough-leaf African mallow, sand rose, pink mallow, hairy mallow


 rough-leaf African mallow, sand rose, pink mallow, hairy mallow

Anisodontea scabrosa

Scientific name

Native to South Africa, this new selection of Anisodontea flowers abundantly almost without interruption from April to October and continues late into autumn in regions with mild winters. The flowers, similar to those of Malvaceae, are two-toned: pale pink with dark pink veins in the centre, and larger than others of the species (2 - 3 cm in diameter). They attract butterflies.

'Miss Pinky' quickly shapes into a shrub with long straight, more or less ramified branches. This variety has a more compact shape than others of this species.

Its finely jagged foliage is fragrant and evergreen to semi-evergreen.

Covered in flowers from April onwards, and in certain regions until October, 'Miss Pinky' is of sure value, for beds as well as in pots on a terrace or balcony.

Protect in regions with cold winters.

Propagation instructions

By seed

Must grow seeds in Autumn

By cutting

cuttings taken in spring and summer once the new shoots have become semi-hard. Use a well drained sandy soil medium. Transplant young plants before the new seasons growth; they do not handle too much disturbance at a later stage.As in the wild, it should be grown in a well drained, warm, sunny spot with free air flow. They do not favour humid climates with hot wet summers. Should the plants not be well aired, white-fly may become a possible pest.



They tolerate light shade, but flower better in full sun. Feed with a slow release 3.1.5 for vigorous growth and water regularly throughout summer to promote abundant flowering. Being frost tolerant they are able to grow away from the coast.

References and further reading

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Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Wind resistant

Fast-growing

Drought-resistant

Fragrant

Good potplant

Pioneer species

Can be used as a hedge

Attracts butterflies

Suitable for clay soil

Suitable for sandy soil

It provides food for:

Honeybees/flies

Anisodontea scabrosa is indigenous to: Atlantis Sand Fynbos Cape Flats Sand Fynbos Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos

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