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Gargadan, Texas Indian-mallow
Abutilon fruticosum is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family known by the common names Texas Indian mallow, pelotazo, and sweet Indian mallow. It is native to Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas in the United States.[+]
This species is a perennial herb growing up to 1.8 meters tall, but usually not exceeding 90 centimeters. The alternately arranged leaves are up to 10 centimeters long. The blades are thick and coated in hairs, appearing gray in color. The yellow-orange flowers are up to about 2.5 centimeters wide. Flowering occurs in June through October.
This plant grows in chaparral and woodlands and on prairies. It grows on cliffs, slopes, and limestone outcrops.
This plant is eaten by wild and domesticated ungulates. The seeds provide food for birds such as the Bobwhite Quail. The flowers attract birds and butterflies. It is host to the larvae of a number of butterfly species.
This species is drought-tolerant and can be used in xeriscaping.
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