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Hibiscus moscheutos

Common Name(s):
Crimsoneyed rosemallow , Rose mallow, Swamp mallow, Swamp rose-mallow, Wild cotton
Cultivar(s):
'Luna Red', 'Lord Baltimore'
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

Rose mallow is native to wetlands and creek edges in the southeastern USA, and is useful in poorly drained areas. 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.

 

Wildlife Value:  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.

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.  

Season:
Summer, fall
Height:
18-24 inches
Flower Color:
red, pink, white
Foliage:
3 to 8 in., narrowly egg-shaped or lance-shaped leaves are toothed on the margins
Flower:
4 to 6 in, white, creamy white or pink petals with purplish or dark crimson base; flower stalk is united with the leaf stalk for part of their length
Zones:
5-9
Site:
Moist soil, swamps; full sun to partial shade
Propagation:
seed, division in spring or fall
Exposure:
full sun to partial shade
Soil:
moist soil high in organic matter
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Southeastern USA
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
stream, riparian, obligate wetland, bees, hedge, red, fall, white, butterflies, pink, sun, perennial, wildlife, host plant, wildflower, specialized bees, wildlife plant, butterfly plant, partial shade, wet, pond, summer, wet soil, wet site

NCCES plant id: 729

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