A collective name for a group of garden variants probably of hybrid origin. Mostly evergreen shrubs to about 2.5 m tall. Leaves generally 3-lobed, the lateral lobes forming shallow shoulders, roughly hairy on both surfaces; base cordate; margin toothed. Leaf stalk 5-15 cm long. Flowers mostly 6-10 cm wide, usually solitary on long, hanging stalks in the upper leaf axils in various colours ranging from white to pink, red, yellow, orange and lilac, and with various ornamentation; Sept.- Dec.
The cultivars were popular at the turn of the century and just after, but no longer cultivated in such a colour range. A subgroup of New Zealand-raised cultivars is known as the Hollyhock series.
Leaves roughly hairy on both surfaces.
Source: (1997). Abutilon. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Stems purplish black. Flowers bell-shaped, pure white with yellowish stamens.
Flowers open, carmine pink.
Orange with red veins; very like A. pictum species or cv.
Flowers open, rich orange with red veins. ['Orange King' A. fraseri, 'Brilliant']
Flowers crimson with yellow stamens. ['Red Emperor', 'Vesuvius']
Stems purplish black. Flowers bell-shaped, pure golden yellow.
Flowers open, rose pink with a clear base.
Tip of petals pale pink fading to white at the base.
Flowers soft pink.
Flowers bell-shaped, appearing double, stamens deep rosy pink and yellow.
Shrub generally up to 1 m tall. Leaves variegated with creamy white in large blotches mostly around the margin but varying from leaf to leaf. Flowers pale orange with darker veins.
Leaves large-lobed and cream-variegated on the margins; flowers orange, strongly veined with red. Taller and more open than 'Savitzii'.
Flowers large, open, creamy yellow, extremely short stalk, sepals yellow.