Eastern Rose Mallow Common Name:
- Habit: Herb, Shrub
- Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Wet, Moist, Average
- Height: 2-5′, 5-8′
- Flower: White, Pink, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
- Fruit: Ribbed cylindrical, okra-like seed pod that turns from green to brown .
- Fall Color: No
- Natural Habitat: Bog, Floodplain/Marsh
- Larval host for: Bumelia Webworm Moth (Urodus parvula), Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Multiple erect stems with dark green palmate, lightly serrated leaves that take on a bushy appearance with multiple short lived blooms throughout the summer. Flowers are white to pink color with five overlapping petals that have a darker band of red or crimson at the base of the conical shaped bloom with the prominent yellow stamen projecting from the center. Thrives in moist soil, but will tolerate average soils with some supplemental watering. Not drought tolerant and will need watering during dry spells. This is a good plant for raingardens, or low lying areas that have poor drainage. Hibiscus species are good forage for hummingbirds.