Malacothamnus densiflorus

Many-flowered mallow bush

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 7' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



The mallow family has many representatives in California. The plants of the genus malacothamnus are known for their vigorous, dense growth and abundant, usually pink, flowers. The many-flowered mallow bush is found in Orange and San Diego Counties. It grows in an open, rounded form with round, gray-green leaves. In the spring it displays quite a bouquet of pink flowers and will continue to flower intermittently through the summer with a little supplemental water. Unlike many mallows, the many-flowered mallow bush does not spread via rhizomes. Its appearance may be improved by pruning back old flower stocks, and perhaps a third of the plant diameter in winter. The many-flowered mallow bush has performed well in Sunset zones 15 and 16.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen