Abelmoschus moschatus ‘Mischief’ (Musk Mallow) [12 Seeds]

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Germination Information: Start the seeds indoors in late winter to mid spring, about 1/4″ deep, in a warm, bright place. A heat mat encourages quicker sprouting. Set the seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Don’t be surprised if some of the seedlings develop some white speckling on their leaves; though it appears to be interesting variegation, it seems to disappear quickly and not show up again during the growing season.

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Description

The species Abelmoschus moschatus is commonly known as musk mallow, but be aware that that common name also applies to Malva moschata. There is apparently some question about the botanical name of this plant, too: whether this is truly a strain of A. moschatus or rather A. sagittifolius. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a very pretty and unusual addition to beds, borders, pots, and planters. These seeds produce bushy clumps of upright stems with deeply lobed leaves and hibiscus-like blooms that are reddish pink to pinkish red, fading to white in the center. In the garden, they usually reach 1 to 2 feet tall. I grew some in a large pot in an open greenhouse one year, and they easily reached 4 feet! Enjoy this tropical-looking beauty for months of color in hot, sun-baked sites. It’s mostly grown as an annual but can behave as a perennial in frost-free areas.

Harvested in August 2020. At least 12 seeds.

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