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Hibiscus moscheutos

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 3'-7'

Bloom Time: July, August, September

Bloom Color: white, crimson, purple, pink

Leaf Color: gray-green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, bog plant, pond margin plant, salt tolerant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant

Flower of Hibiscus moscheutos (Hibiscus moscheutos)
  • Flower of Hibiscus moscheutos (Hibiscus moscheutos)
  • Flower of Hibiscus moscheutos (Hibiscus moscheutos)
  • Flower of Hibiscus moscheutos (Hibiscus moscheutos)
  • Flowers of Hibiscus moscheutos (crimsoneyed rosemallow)

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Description

Hibiscus moscheutos

Also known as:

crimsoneyed rosemallow

,

crimson-eyed rose-mallow

,

marshmallow hibiscus

,

hardy hibiscous

Scientific Synonyms:

Hibiscus incanus, Hibiscus oculiroseus, Hibiscus opulifolius, Hibiscus palustris, Hibiscus pinetorum

Description

Hibiscus moscheutos is either considered a woody perennial, or small shrub and grows to about 7 feet. The leaves are large, gray-green usually heart-shaped but occasionally lobed. From mid to late summer it bears large showy flowers that can grow to 6" in diameter. These may vary in color from pure white to deep pink, with deep purple or crimson throats.

Cultivation

This species is commonly associated with wetlands and is found along salt marshes as well as fresh water swamps and stream banks. It is adapted to having "wet feet", but will also do well under average garden conditions, provided the soil is not allowed to dry out for extended periods. Flower production is best in full sun, but plants will also do well in part sun. Plants can be kept tidy by cutting the stems back hard in late fall (3"to 6" above the crown). Individual flowers are short lived, but are produced over a long period, from July to September. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or division of the crown from mature plants when dormant. Success can also be had propagating by top cuttings in summer.

Additional Notes

Crimsoneyed rosemallow is a striking plant that is sure to provide tropical flair in a sunny, moist location. It is favored by nectar loving insects and hummingbirds.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Malvales
Family Malvaceae Mallow family
Genus Hibiscus rosemallow
Species Hibiscus moscheutos crimsoneyed rosemallow