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Malacothamnus clementinus - San Clemente Bush Mallow

Malacothamnus clementinus brightens up the landscape from late Spring through much of the Summer and into Fall. The San Clemente Bush Mallow, grows well in disturbed areas and adapts well to dry gardens. Malacothamnus clementinus is native to San Clemente Island. The flowers fade from white to pink as they age. Malacothamnus clementinus is a great late Spring through Summer nectar source for hummingbirds and butterflies including the Painted Lady, Northern White Skipper, Cloudless Sulfur, White Checkered Skipper, and the Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Malacothamnus clementinus will provide habitat for bugs, between the bugs and seeds there is plenty to attract the birds. The green foliage of the San Clemente Bush Mallow is attractive in its own right. Malacothamnus clementinus is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types. The San Clemente Bush Mallow grow best in full sun but will tolerate quite a lot of shade. Malacothamnus clementinus grows 4-5 feet tall and wide with the fragrant flowers weighing down the arching branches. Malacothamnus clementinus is Winter hardy into the low to mid teens. Malacothamnus clementinus spreads by sending out underground runners. These can be lifted and placed in new locations.

Malacothamnus clementinus, San Clemente Bush Mallow

White flowers fading to Pink with green foliage of Malacothamnus clementinus - San Clemente Bush Mallow. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Western Tiger Swallowtail on Malacothamnus clementinus

Western Tiger Swallowtail resting on the foliage of Malacothamnus clementinus - San Clemente Bush Mallow. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Western Tiger Swallowtail sipping nectar from Malacothamnus clementinus

Western Tiger Swallowtail sipping nectar from the flowers of Malacothamnus clementinus - San Clemente Bush Mallow. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other plant pagess from the genus Malacothamnus featured on this site:
Malacothamnus davidsonii * Davidson's Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus densiflorus * Yellow Stem Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus fascicularis * Chaparral Bush Mallow