She doesn’t enjoy strong winds, so try to keep her somewhere that’s sheltered from stiff breezes.
She likes her soil moist but well-drained, so make sure excess water can escape through the bottom of her pot.
A sunny spot
She needs a lot of sun to produce her lovely flowers, so place her in full sun or partial shade.
To keep her flowering all the way up to autumn, pinch off older flowers as they wilt. She’ll replace them with new ones.
Anisodontea ‘Elegans Princess’
Plant height (including pot)
Nursery pot size
If you want an impactful flowering plant for your outdoor space, look no further. Given the right conditions, anisodontea will be covered in bright pink flowers right through from spring to early autumn. It’s a wonderful plant for attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators. This one has been trained into a smart lollipop shape.
Anisodontea is often known as Cape mallow, because it originates from the Cape Peninsula of South Africa (we were hoping it was because it wears little capes - alas, no). Because of that, it likes hot, sunny weather, so try to put it in a bright spot. It does much better in a pot than in the ground, because it needs to be put somewhere warmer in winter. When the weather turns freezing, either bring it inside and put it somewhere bright, or put it in a greenhouse (if you have one).
It doesn’t need a lot of special care otherwise. Give it a trim at the start of spring to keep it neat and make sure to keep it well watered, especially in summer. It will also benefit from a feed at least once per month.
Did you know?
In hotter countries, this lovely plant is sometimes grown as a hedge.