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Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

Previously known as:

  • Kosteletzkya virginica
Phonetic Spelling
koh-stel-LETZ-kee-yuh pen-tah-KAR-pos
Description

Kosteletzkya virginica is moderately salt tolerant. This Seashore Mallow, also known as sweat weed, Virginia saltmarsh mallow, and salt marsh mallow, is an herb found in marshes along the eastern seashore of the United States. The flowers open for just one day.

Site: Brackish to nearly fresh water marshes.

This plant was selected as the 1990 NC Wildflower of the Year, a program managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden with some financial support from the Garden Club of North Carolina.

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Tags:
#hummingbirds#salt tolerant#NC native#coastal plants#food source fall#Coastal OBL#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains OBL#butterfly friendly#pollinators#audubon#NC Wildflower of the Year
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#salt tolerant#NC native#coastal plants#food source fall#Coastal OBL#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains OBL#butterfly friendly#pollinators#audubon#NC Wildflower of the Year
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Kosteletzkya
    Species:
    pentacarpos
    Family:
    Malvacea
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. U.S.A. to Texas, Bermuda, Cuba, S. Europe to N. Iran
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Brown fruits display from October to November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The flowers range from 1.5-2.5 inches in terminal or axillary stalked pink flowers; five petals; and stamens form a tubular column. They bloom from July to October.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The gray-green ovate leaves are 2-5 inches with slightly hairy or rough leaves; divergent basal leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt