Hibiscus moscheutos

swamp mallow, swamp hibiscus, swamp rosemallow


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-6 ft    Width: 2-4 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,pink
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Use in moist areas as a wildflower. It is semi-woody, and if given adequate moisture can be a specimen plant.
Propagation: Seed. Tip cuttings taken in early summer root readily with adequate moisture.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Native Habitats: Wet sites. Wet pine flatwoods, edges of sloughs, swamps, bogs, brackish and freshwater marshes and ditches.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The stems become slimy when cooked and can be whipped into a fluffy consistency (like egg whites). This was mixed with sugar and used as a delivery system for bad tasting medicines. These were the original "marshmallows."