Tulipan del Monte Hibiscus martianus
Mallow family — Malvaceae
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This South Texas jewel is very easy to overlook until it produces its wonderful flowers, which are 2-2.5 inches across. It tends to grow in dense thorny scrub, and it is a perfect example of the unexpected beauty that can be found in such a seemingly harsh habitat. Like many South Texas plants, flowering is more dependent on rain than season.
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Flowering Months: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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