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Turk’s Cap

An easily grown, old-time favorite, Creekside Nursery offers Turk’s Cap in shades of red and pink.  This native Texas plant can handle sun, but does really well in partial to full shade.  The unique flowers that never completely open are usually produced in showy profusion during hot weather from mid-to late summer through early fall.  The protrusion of the stamen above the spiraling petals brings to mind the shape of a Turkish turban.  Tolerant of both heat and humidity they are a great shrub-like plant for a background border since they can grow upwards of 5 feet with a similar width.   Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds for the nectar, they also attract birds and small wildlife for the apple-flavored red fruits produced after the bloom season.