Plant Care African mallow

African mallow

About African mallow

Cape Mallow is an easy to grow upright evergreen subshrub that blooms profusely from spring until frost or all year long in southern temperate climates. Cape Mallows prefer morning sun and partial shade in the afternoon. The dense foliage makes it a good plant to trim into a tree-form topiary specimen. The dwarf varieties are well suited for container planting.


Anisodontea capensis

Also known as

African mallow, dwarf hibiscus, cape mallow and false mallow

How to care for African mallow


How often to water your African mallow

Water needs for African mallow
0.5 cups
every 9

African mallow needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for African mallow in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African mallow: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

African mallow love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

African mallow does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize African mallow

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African mallow: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your African mallow after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

African mallow is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for African mallow

African mallow

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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