Originating from South Africa, the Anisodontea belongs to the large mallow family (Malvaceae) just like the Abutilon. The English name for the Anisodontea is ‘Cape Mallow’. The striking features of the Anisodonthea include its long stamens along with its abundant pink flowers. The pink colour of the flowers contrasts dramatically with their dark-coloured veins. Its long flowering period makes it a rewarding patio or balcony plant.
Where to put the plant on your patio or balcony
The Anisodonthea loves heat and sun so the ideal place for it is in a sunny spot on your patio or balcony, preferably where it is protected from moderate winds. Place this abundantly blooming plant in a generous pot on your patio or balcony.
Caring for your Anisodontea
In the summer, especially when it gets very hot, the Anisodonthea will need to be watered almost every day. However, you should make sure that excess water can drain off from the pot. You should also feed the plant once every two weeks. Don’t let the soil around the plant dry out – keep it moist.
Has the plant lost some of its shape? Then go ahead and prune it. You should also check whether the plant has produced any seed pods. If it has, cut these off so that the plant can put all its energy into producing new flowers.
You can prune the Anisodonthea into any shape you want. That’s why it was one of the first pot plants to be cultivated in large numbers as an attractive ball on a stem. Have you seen bees around your Anisodonthea? They like the abundant pink flowers. Your plant will then go on to produce seed pods. Remove these or prune the plant back to its old shape.