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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Hibiscus lasiocarpos Cav.
Rose-mallow, Rosemallow, Woolly mallow, Wooly Rose-mallow
Synonym(s): Hibiscus californicus, Hibiscus lasiocarpos var. occidentalis, Hibiscus leucophyllus, Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. lasiocarpos, Hibiscus moscheutos var. occidentalis, Hibiscus platanoides
USDA Symbol: hila6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
An 3-5 ft., upright, hairy perennial with toothed, triangular to heart-shaped leaves and terminal flower clusters. The leaves, toothed and alternate, have long stems, 4–6 inches. Stems are woody and somewhat brittle. The large white (occasionally pinkish) blossoms are 3–4 inches long, with a crimson eye at the center. The petals fold up at night and look as though they had never been open. Stamens extend beyond the flower.
False cotton is so called because its flower closely resembles the flower of a cotton plant (Gossypium), which is in the same family.
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
White , Red , Pink Bloom Time:
Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep Bloom Notes:
Clumps of hibiscus start to grow late in the season and flower
over a long period in late summer.
, TX Native Distribution: MS
n. in Mississippi River basin to KY,
s. IL, IN
& MO Native Habitat:
Borders of sloughs, ponds & ditches; low, wet woods
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Conditions Comments: Grow in average, medium wet to wet soil in full sun. Tolerates some light shade; full sun produces best flowering and is the best environment for resisting potential diseases. Tolerates summer heat and humidity; soil should be kept moist throughout the seasons. Good for wetland gardens and habitat.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High
Record Last Modified: 2007-10-10
Research By: NPC