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Hibiscus coccineus Walter
Scarlet rosemallow, Crimson rosemallow, Wild red mallow, Texas star hibiscus
Synonym(s): Hibiscus semilobatus
USDA Symbol: HICO2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The palmately divided leaves of this 4-7 ft. rose-mallow are palmately cut and shiny. The flowers are deep-scarlet and over 6 in. in width. A large plant with big, showy, crimson flowers in upper leaf axils.
This very showy species, typical of the mallow family, is sometimes cultivated. It is certainly one of the loveliest of our native flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, VA Native Distribution: FL
to MS Native Habitat:
Swamp, marshes & ditches of the coastal plain
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Wet Soil Description:
Wet soils. Conditions Comments:
Clumps of Hibiscus start to grow late in the season and flower
over a long period in late summer.
PropagationDescription: Easily grown from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| OBL || OBL |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2014-03-28
Research By: TWC Staff