Turk’s Cap

7 Dec

Turk’s Cap isn’t a native flower, but can be found growing in many places in Florida. It is growing wild  now, left-over relics of abandoned homesteads as it was once a popular landscape plant. It is a hardy relative of the showy hibiscus flower. The Turk’s cap blooms in either Red (most prevalent), Pink & White. The flowers never fully open like a hibiscus – they hang like unopened jewels.

As a child, we had a hedge of these alongside the house. All of us neighborhood kids used to pick the flowers and suck on the juices. If my mom would catch us – we’d get yelled at, but we’d keep on doing it because they were sweet like candy! I guess that is why it is a hummingbird favorite.

 

Turk's Cap - Malvaviscus penduliflorus

 

 

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