Chaparral Mallow

Malacothamnus fasciculatus

Malacothamnus fasciculatus

Color: Rose pink

Common name: Chaparral Mallow, Mendocino Bushmallow

Latin name: Malacothamnus fasciculatus


Height: 40 inches to 16.5 feet

Description: Malacothamnus fasciculatus is a shrub with a slender, multibranched stem. It is coated thinly to densely in white or brownish hairs. The inflorescence is an elongated cluster of many pale pink flowers with petals under a centimeter long.

Leaf: The leaves are oval or rounded in shape, 2-11 cm long, and sometimes divided into lobes.

Range: sw edge Mojave Desert, Inner North Coast Ranges (Mendocino Co.), interior San Francisco Bay Area, Outer South Coast Ranges, Southwestern California

Habitat: Coastal-sage scrub, chaparral

Elevation: generally < 600 m (< 2450 in Peninsular Ranges and Santa Rosa Mtns).

Flowering time: Apr–Jul

Notes: It is a highly variable plant which is sometimes described as a spectrum of varieties, and which is sometimes hard to differentiate from other Malacothamnus species. Malacothamnus fasciculatus, is a dicot that is native to California and is found only slightly beyond California borders. Distribution outside California: n Baja California

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