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
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
Pricing & Availability
Hibiscus moscheutosAlso known as:
Hibiscus incanus, Hibiscus oculiroseus, Hibiscus opulifolius, Hibiscus palustris, Hibiscus pinetorum
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.
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
Propagate from seed, or division of the crown from mature plants when dormant. Success can also be had propagating by top cuttings in summer.
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
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
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