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Hibiscus moscheutos

Rose Mallow

This shrub-like perennial is a vigorous grower with large leaves. The 4-5" wide flowers ranging from pink to white and attract hummingbirds. The flowers last only for one day, but there are many of them and they bloom consistently until the end of the season.

Benefits

Large graceful flowers through the late summer
Happy in wet soil
Nectar source for hummingbirds and other pollinators
Preferred pollen source for some native bees
Tall stems provide over-wintering sites for beneficial insects
Birds use previous years stem fibers for nesting material

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

This plant needs rich soil, consistent moisture and full sun but will tolerate dry spells. Grows well along stream banks or ponds. Slow to emerge in spring but grows rapidly in early summer. Cut back in spring for bushier growth. Good air circulation helps prevent disease in humid areas. Leave stems standing through winter to provide cover for beneficial insects that will over winter inside them.


Height
3-7 Feet

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Spread
3-4 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Marshes and shores; Massachusetts to Wisconsin south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

Mallows and orchids are the only two groups of plants that have combined their reproductive structures (pistil and stamens) into a single structure called a column. The column is clearly visible protruding from the center of all mallow flowers.


"The flowers of this plant provide nectar for my hummingbird friends, and it provides cover for frogs like me."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Wet Sun
Foliage Color
Gray-green
Green
Uses
Accent
Bog, water garden
Border
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin