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Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)


***Will Be Ready End of June/July***

Common Name: Rose Mallow

Scientific Name: Hibiscus moscheutos

Type of Plant: Herbaceous perennial

Sun Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Requirements: Moist, well-draining soil; tolerates wet soil

Moisture Requirements: High moisture; prefers consistently moist to wet conditions

Season of Interest: Summer to early fall

Height: Typically 3-8 feet tall

Width: 2-4 feet wide

Flower Color: Large, showy flowers ranging from white and pink to red, with a prominent central eye

Ideal Planting Locations: Wetlands, pond edges, rain gardens, and moist garden areas

Benefits for the Area: Attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds; provides dramatic color and visual interest; supports pollinator populations with its nectar-rich flowers.

Medicinal Uses: Traditionally used in herbal medicine for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties; sometimes used to treat skin conditions and digestive issues.

Edible Uses: Not commonly consumed, primarily used for ornamental and medicinal purposes.

Host Plant for:

  • Various butterflies and insects

Spring Care: Remove any dead growth from the previous year; ensure the soil remains consistently moist.

Summer Care: Water regularly to maintain high moisture levels; deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

Fall Care: Cut back the plant after the first frost; mulch around the base to protect roots during winter.

Winter Care: Rose Mallow is hardy and typically requires minimal care during winter; ensure mulch remains in place to provide root protection.

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