Malacothamnus davidsonii - Davidson's Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus davidsonii is a native California endemic. Davidson's Bush Mallow grows in the coastal sage scrub of the San Gabriel Mountain Range with a few plants also found in the interior parts of Ventura County and south of the San Francisco Bay area. Malacothamnus davidsonii is quite drought tolerant. This shrub grows to 4-5 feet tall and wide. Davidson's Bush Mallow spreads by underground runners and perfoms well in disturbed roadside and garden settings. Malacothamnus davidsonii blooms in late Spring through Summer with a smattering of blooms beyond. The flowers are fragrant and attractive to butterflies. Amusingly this plant ditched my drip system. The plant at the drippers slowly fizzled out but a new pair of plants started growing about 4 feet away.
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