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Hibiscus moscheutos is often confused with:
Abelmoschus manihot Flower
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Monarda didyma plant with Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' in summer in Moore County
Phlox paniculata Phlox paniculata
Penstemon canescens Penstemon canescens
Hibiscus moscheutos has some common insect problems:
Japanese Beetle
Aphids Found on Flowers and Foliage
Whiteflies Found on Flowers and Foliage
Hibiscus moscheutos has some other problems:
White-Tailed Deer

Hibiscus moscheutos

Previously known as:

  • Hibiscus palustris
Phonetic Spelling
hi-BIS-kus mos-KEW-tos
Description

Rose Mallow is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 5 to 7 feet tall. The leaves are alternate with a toothed margin. Lower leaves may have three lobes. White flowers with a burgundy center first mature in summer and continue into early fall. Rose mallow is native to wetlands and creek edges in the southeastern USA and is useful in poorly drained areas. It does well around ponds or streams and makes a great temporary hedge in the summer.  It can be grown in large containers.  The flowers of cultivars vary in color and may be up to 12 in. across on compact plants.  This plant is slightly salt tolerant.

Garden uses include moist borders or as specimens. They are useful in low spots or wet areas in the landscape. Also effective along streams or ponds or as a temporary summer screen or hedge. It can be grown in large containers.

Fire Risk: This plant has a medium flammability rating. 

Seasons of Interest: 

  Blooms:  Late summer            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Fall

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Japanese beetles can severely damage foliage if left unchecked. Whiteflies, aphids and scale are occasional insect visitors.  There is some susceptibility to leaf spots, blights, rusts, and canker. Leaf scorch can occur if soils dry out. Healthy plants grown in the proper environment usually do not have problems and do not need staking. This plant is occasionally damaged by deer.  

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Lord Baltimore'
  • 'Luna Red'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#red#white#butterflies#pink#sun#partial shade#water garden#summer#perennial#specimen#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#salt tolerant#riparian#host plant#fall interest#wetlands#hedges#wet sites#stream banks#specialized bees#cpp#fire#medium flammability#NC native#streams#shrub border#ponds#native wildflower#hummingbird
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Lord Baltimore'
  • 'Luna Red'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#red#white#butterflies#pink#sun#partial shade#water garden#summer#perennial#specimen#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#salt tolerant#riparian#host plant#fall interest#wetlands#hedges#wet sites#stream banks#specialized bees#cpp#fire#medium flammability#NC native#streams#shrub border#ponds#native wildflower#hummingbird
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hibiscus
    Species:
    moscheutos
    Family:
    Malvaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Distribution:
    Eastern U.S.
    Fire Risk Rating:
    medium flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Its flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators.  28 species of butterflies and moths use this as a caterpillar host plant.  Members of the genus Hibiscus support the following specialized bee: Ptilothrix bombiformis.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    6-9 inches wide with prominent showy central staminal column. Bloom in late summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Lobeless or shallow lobes
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt
    Wet Soil