Abutilon hulseanum

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Also known as Sida huselana

Plant Specifics

Size:Up to about 7ft tall, rangy unless cut back periofically.  Somewhat shrubby but not really woody.
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Orangy pink
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Blooms late winter, early spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:
Considerations:Noted for being weedy.
Propagation:Easily grown from seed.  Can be bought from several native nurseries.  Will spread.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Unknown
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Sand
Soil pH:Slightly acidic to calcareous


Native Habitats:Disturbed. Old orange groves, pasture, roadsides. May occur naturally along the west FL coast including shell mounds and dunes . All records for inland areas are from disturbed sites, predominantly old orange groves and pastures.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:No known uses.  
General Comments:

According to Kew Gardens, it is from Central America and probably Cuba and Florida.   After going through the photos and labels for specimens in the SIEnet database, the only occurrences in Florida that were convincingly in natural systems (as opposed to highly disturbed areas) were on shell mounds, dunes, and similar coastal areas.  Hence, the range map provided highlights the counties along the west coast that have these.

Noted as invasive  and weedy on many herbarium specimen labels.  Where not native, we should think of it as invasive.