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Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos
hardy hibiscus; swamp rose-mallow

Common name hardy hibiscus; swamp rose-mallow
Family malvaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-9)
Flowers pink, white, and/or red (mid-July-August)
Size 4-6'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed self-seeds in our garden
Seed ripensmid-September

Although hardy hibiscus occurs naturally in wet areas, it does just fine in our garden, even in decidedly dry spots. It is a contender for the title of "Latest plant to re-emerge in spring", but once it does, it quickly grows to a full, bushy plant, with huge eye-popping flowers in the middle of summer. Ours have a few different color combinations and flower shapes. They are, unfortunately, a favorite of our Japanese beetle population, but we wouldn't be without these magnificent plants.

Hibiscus moscheutos
hardy hibiscus; swamp rose-mallow
Hibiscus moscheutos
Larvae of the hibiscus sawfly also like to feast on its leaves.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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