Hibiscus moscheutos or Rose Mallow is a shrub with showy 15-25 cm wide flowers that bloom almost all summer, all through fall until frost sets in.
It is a cold-hardy semi-perennial wetland plant that can be grown in pot as well as in the garden.
Many cultivars have been developed with flowers from ranging from white to red, usually with a maroon hart.
The shrub is formed of erected stems of up to 2 m high.
The leaves are deciduous, usually deltoidal, 3 to 5- lobed, 10-25 cm long.
The flowers are apical and measure 15-25 cm. They are usually white with a maroon hart. They bloom for only 1-2 days but follow each other in rapid succession.
The fruits are very resistant capsuleS that allow seed dispersal by floating on water bodies.
Common Rose Mallow, Crimson-Eyed Rosemallow, Dinnerplate Hibiscus, Frisbee Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus, Mallow-Rose, Perennial Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, Sea Hollyhock, Swamp Mallow, Water Hibiscus, Water Mallow, Wild Cotton
Hibiscus moschatus, Hibiscus palustris
Hibiscus: from the Greek hibiskos (marshmallow)
Moscheutos: moscheutos (musk-scented, woody)
Southeastern United States
USDA zone 5-10
Keep the soil moist: daily watering in summer in absence of rainfall
Fertilize weekly during growing season
Cut the plant back in the winter, it forms new sprouts in the spring
- sow in early spring (april) in pot or in may in the garden
- 20 °C
- spacing of plants: 1 m