Fiesta (variegated green-and-white foliage) Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus
arboreus) is a shade-tolerant, deer-resistant Texas native that
has blooms which hummingbirds love. Grows in sun or part sun.
Grows 4 to 5 feet tall, forming a shrub like perennial plant.
Flowers from late spring through the fall, with bright red petals
rolled loosely around the flowers' reproductive parts. It is a
relative of hibiscus, with variegated green-and-white foliage
which makes a perfect complement to colorful flowers and is a
showy stand-out in shady areas where the green color is lost.
Hummingbirds love it and enjoy feeding in the shade. It dies to
the ground each winter, then comes back in the spring -- it is
a root-hardy perennial. It is an old-time favorite of early Texas
gardeners since it is deer resistant as well. It is drought tolerant
and some have indicated that plants can be weeded with a glyphosate
herbicide such as Roundup, Kleanup or Finale without significant,
if any, damage to the foliage of the Turk's Cap. (Try at your