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Useful Temperate Plants

Sida hermaphrodita

(L.) Rusby

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Napaea hermaphrodita L.

Common Name: Virginia Mallow

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General Information

Sida hermaphrodita is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of erect stems usually from 1 - 2.5 metres tall, occasionlly reaching 5 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
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A very robust perennial plant, it is receiving increasing interest (as of 2017) as a biomass crop and is also often grown as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Eastern N. America - Michigan and Ontario to Pennsylvania, south to Kentucky and Virginia

Habitat

Along streams, roadsides, railroad embankments, disturbed sites; at elevations from 50 - 200 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Sida hermaphroditica is a moderately cold-hardy plant, able to tolerate temperatures down to around -20°c when fully dormant[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Sida hermaphrodita is easily cultivated as a crop, and is able to produce a considerable amount of biomass. It is being trialled (2017) as a potential source of material for biogas production and as a basic compound for various materials, such as fibre products or particle boards. Because it is a perennial, it requires much less work after its first year of establishment than the commonly grown annual crops such as maize (Zea species).[
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Title
Performance of Sida hermaphrodita and Silphium perfoliatum in Europe: Preliminary Results
Publication
26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 14-17 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
Author
Facciotto G. et al
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2020-10-21. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Sida+hermaphrodita>

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