Turk's cap wins 2011 award
With the scorching weather and drought conditions, it's great to see our native Texas Turk's cap, Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, designated a 2011 Texas Superstar plant. This plant, along with a couple of new cultivars of the Turk's cap, also called Texas wax mallow, are great attractors of pollinators, especially hummingbirds. They are especially attracted to the bright red flowers that stay partially closed, making the nectar even sweeter.