Turk's Cap Mallow is also known as Wax Mallow, Chinese
Hat, Firecracker Hibiscus, Malvaviscus, and Sleeping Hibiscus.
The plant is a spreading shrub to 6 feet tall. The plant
often spreads vegetatively by layering. The stems are densely
covered in star-shaped hairs. Its preferred habitat is in tropical
environments, persisting around old home sites, along roadsides
and in waste places. Distribution is throughout the Escambia
The leaves are also covered with star-shaped hairs, velvety
to touch, ovate to sub-orbicular in outline. The leaf base is
heart-shaped. The tip is acute to tapering. There are usually
no lobes, but occasionally a leaf will appear as shallowly 3-lobed,
The flowers are in the leaf axil, solitary or few; stalks
are about 1 inch long or less. The calyx has 7 to 9 united scarlet
segments (petals) that overlap to form a tube. The calyx teeth
are hairy. The stamens are fused to form a column that protrudes
beyond the calyx.