Rose mallow is a native perennial plant with white or pink flowers that bloom from mid-summer through early autumn.
The rose mallow has white or pink hibiscus flowers with five petals. The flowers have a deep pink or burgundy center with a yellow stamen and grow to 6 to 8 inches in diameter. They bloom from mid-summer through early autumn.
The rose mallow's leaves are green and wedge-shaped with velvety undersides. Leaves can grow to 8 inches in length. The plant has round stems with tiny hairs and a broad, round base. Rose mallow grows to 7 feet tall.
Reproduction and Life Cycle
About one month after flowering, seed capsules mature and turn brown. Seed pods eventually split open, allowing seeds to scatter.
Did You Know?
The rose mallow is also known as the swamp mallow, marsh mallow and marsh hibiscus.
It has been used medicinally in the form of tea to treat digestive and urinary tract inflammations.
There are many rose mallow cultivars that people have bred for desired traits. They come in various colors, such as hot pink and ruby red.