(Abutilon purpurascens)

Shrub
A. esculentum. A.St.Hill.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Abutilon purpurascens
Malvaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Flowers – cooked. Used as a vegetable[1, 2, 105, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow March in a warm greenhouse. The seed germinates in 3 – 4 weeks at 15¡c[133]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of young shoots in spring. Very easy, they root quickly[1]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July in a frame[200]. Very easy, they root quickly[1]. Cuttings of mature wood, November in a cold frame.
Requires full sun or part day shade and a fertile well-drained soil[200]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain, they tolerate light frosts and so can be grown outdoors in the mildest areas of the country but are best if given a minimum temperature of 10¡c over the winter[133]. It is probably best to grow them outdoors in a tub during the summer and overwinter them indoors from October to April or May[1]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
S. America – Brazil.

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