Terrific teabush

Teabush (Melochia tomentosa) also is called woolly pyramidflowerand broomweed. It caught the attention of everyone who visited the yard of Tom Brown on June 18, 2021. Tom reported that it attracts a bevy of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators including hummingbirds, which he enjoys from the shade of his new pergola.

Teabush pefers full sun and flowers throughout the year. It is a member of the hibiscus family, Malvaceae.

Also called wooly pyramidflower, its foliage is an interesting grey-green color and has a velvety (wooly) texture …

Selby Botanical Garden has used this showy specimen plant in its landscape, including in a bright flowering bed near their wedding pergola …

… and in a planting on the edge of Sarasota Bay …

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