A class of shrubs noted for their free-flowering and showy appearance, belonging to the mallow family. Few excel them as ornamental flowering shrubs for decorating the shrubbery, especially if they are given a sheltered situation on a sloping bank where the flowers may be viewed from below. They thrive well in any good garden soil with ordinary treatment.

There are many varieties, including Abutilon admiration, Abutilon fire king, Abutilon purpurea, Abutilon Boule de Niege, etc., besides many variegated forms, all worthy of cultivation. Propagate by cuttings inserted, in pots or boxes, in soil composed of half sand half well-decomposed leaf-mold, in July or August. Place them in a cold frame and shade them for a few days.