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Hibiscus moscheutos L.
Crimsoneyed rosemallow, Crimson-eyed rose-mallow, Marshmallow hibiscus
Synonym(s): Hibiscus incanus, Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. incanus, Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. moscheutos, Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. palustris, Hibiscus moscheutos var. purpurascens, Hibiscus oculiroseus, Hibiscus opulifolius, Hibiscus palustris, Hibiscus pinetorum
USDA Symbol: himo
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Complexity: Simple Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Size Notes:
Brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, WV Canada: ON Native Distribution: FL
n. to NJ, WV, OH
& IN Native Habitat:
Swampy forests; wet meadows; marshes
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
High Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist , Wet Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) Drought Tolerance:
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.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Rose mallow is easily grown from seed. Tip cuttings taken in early July root readily with adequate mist.
Seed Collection: Beaked capsules mature and turn brown withing 4-5 weeks from flowering. Seeds are ready to collect when they are dark-brown. If necessary, separate good seeds from those infested with weevils and store in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
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.
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1283
Collected 2013-07-12 in Harris County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-11
Research By: TWC Staff