Drummond’s Turk’s Cap is a beautiful heirloom shrub that offers a lot for wildlife. They were once common in Southern Gardens but rarely planted anymore. We need to change that. They are the larval host for several butterflies. The flowers start in late Spring and continue until frost attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Birds and small mammals love the fruit. The fruit and flowers are edible for humans too. In Mexico, they are called “Manzanito” because they are red and sweet like apples. The flowers can also be used to make tea.
Plant Turk’s Cap in Sun or Shade in average to dry soil. They thrive on high calcium soils, such as those around foundations and driveways of newer construction. Left alone they can easily get chest-high, but if you cut them to the ground in late winter (like you do to perennials) they will stay shorter and bushier. Most references consider them deer-resistant, where browsing is excessive, interplant them with one of the “deer bm groaffles” for protection. Drummond’s Turk’s Cap grows wild in 9 states. The USDA Plant Atlas reports it Drummond’s Turk’s Cap as native in all 9 (TX, AR, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, SC and NC). Alan Weakley’s Flora suggests that it is native in Texas, and that the populations in FL, GA, SC, and NC are naturalized from garden plantings (brought up from Texas). We propagated our plants from a wild population in Beaufort Co., SC, which had been overtaken by commercial development. (It probably was an escapee from an old garden) Although they had been bush-hogged repeatedly, they were still holding on. Take them home to your garden, where they will reward you for giving them a new life with flowers, fruits, butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds…and maybe some Turk’s Cap Tea or Turk’s Cap Jelly. (You can send me some of that Turk’s Cap Jelly if you need a guinea pig).
Click on the link below to learn more about Drummond’s Turk’s Cap aka Texas Mallow.
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