Turk’s Cap


  • USDA Zones 7 to 10 (Find Your Zone)
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Average Moisture
  • 3 to 6 Feet Tall
  • Small Red Flowers Late Summer
  • Attracts Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Bees
  • Edible Fruits


Turk’s Cap, Malaviscus arboreus, is an upright perennial native to the Southern United States. Relatively rare in the wild, Turk’s Cap can occasionally be found growing along shady stream banks and in disturbed areas. A large plant, it grows up to 6 feet tall in ideal conditions. Turk’s Cap, however, is extremely versatile in the garden and tolerant of a wide range of light conditions, from shade to sun. Small, red flowers appear in late summer and resemble turbans. Hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators love the flowers. Flowers are followed by small, round, edible fruits.

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