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Hibiscus moscheutos

Crimson-eyed rose-mallow, Marshmallow hibiscus

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Hibiscus moscheutos (Crimson-eyed rose-mallow)
Bloodworth, Stefan
This is a 3-8 ft., shrubby perennial with numerous sturdy stems arising from a single crown. The large, heart-shaped leaves are grayish-green above and hairy-white below. The showy, five-petaled, creamy-white flowers have a conspicuous band of red or burgundy at their bases from which a tubular column of yellow stamens extends.

This strikingly showy species is often found along edges of salt marshes but is more common in upper-valley wetlands.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: 3-8
Leaf: Gray-Green
Fruit: Brown
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CA , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MA , MI , MS , MO , NJ , NM , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , UT , VA , WV , WI , DC
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: FL to TX, n. to NJ, WV, OH & IN
Native Habitat: Swampy forests; wet meadows; marshes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Drought Tolerance: Low
Aquatic: yes
Soil Description: Moist to wet, slightly acidic soils.
Conditions Comments: Clumps of Hibiscus start to grow late in the season and flower over a long period in late summer.


Use Wildlife: Hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds

Last Update: 2015-12-15