Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos

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.

Description:

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.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

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

Synonyms:

Hibiscus moschatus, Hibiscus palustris

Etymology:

Hibiscus: from the Greek hibiskos (marshmallow)
Moscheutos: moscheutos (musk-scented, woody)

Origin:

Southeastern United States

Habitat:

Wetlands



Hardiness:

USDA zone 5-10

Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos

Care:

Soil:

Rich, wet

Exposure:

Sun

Water:

Keep the soil moist: daily watering in summer in absence of rainfall

Feed:

Fertilize weekly during growing season

Pruning:

Cut the plant back in the winter, it forms new sprouts in the spring

Propagation:

By seed

  • sow in early spring (april) in pot or in may in the garden
  • 20 °C
  • spacing of plants: 1 m

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