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Rose Mallow

Hibiscus moscheutos

Rose mallow flowers have five petals and may be white or pink. (dogtooth77/Flickr)
Rose mallow flowers have five petals and may be white or pink. (dogtooth77/Flickr)

Rose mallow is a native perennial plant with beautiful white or pink flowers that bloom from mid-summer through early autumn.


  • White or pink hibiscus flowers with five petals
  • Flowers have a deep pink or burgundy center with a yellow stamen
  • Flowers grow to 6-8 inches in diameter
  • Flowers bloom from mid-summer through early autumn
  • Green, wedge-shaped leaves with velvety undersides. Leaves can grow to 8 inches long.
  • Round stems with tiny hairs
  • Broad, round base
  • Grows to 7 feet tall


  • Grows in fresh, brackish and salt marshes and wetlands
  • Prefers full to partial sun


  • Found mostly in the coastal plain of Maryland and Virginia
  • Also grows in the upper Piedmont Valley

Reproduction and Life Cycle:

  • About one month after flowering, seed capsules mature and turn brown
  • Seed pods eventually split open, allowing seeds to scatter

Other Facts:

  • Also known as swamp mallow, marsh mallow and marsh hibiscus
  • Has been used medicinally in the form of tea to treat digestive and urinary tract inflammations
  • There are many rose mallow cultivars that come in various colors, such as hot pink and ruby red

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