The Mallow family,  Malvaceae,  contains a number of both beautiful and useful plants, including Cacao, Okra, Cotton, Abutilon, and Hibiscus.

In Novato, Northern California, it’s possible to grow Hibiscus in bright somewhat sheltered situations such as against south walls under eaves, but they aren’t prevalent here.

The following photos were taken walking around several blocks in a neighborhood in Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, while down there for a family wedding last week.



This last one had an infestation of whitefly with interesting webbing.


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