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Hibiscus coccineus (Scarlet Rose Mallow)

Scarlet Rose Mallow, American Scarlet Rose Mallow, Swamp Hibiscus, Crimson Rosemallow, Wild Red Mallow, Texas Star Hibiscus


Vigorous, Hibiscus coccineus (Scarlet Rose Mallow) is a woody-based perennial noted for its 5-petaled, bright crimson red flowers, up to 3-5 in. across (7-12 cm). Blooming from mid-summer to early fall, the eye-catching flowers are adorned with conspicuous, protruding, creamy-white to pale yellow tubes of stamens. But even without these gorgeous blooms, this plant is worth growing for its shiny, palmately divided, deep green leaves.

  • Typically grows with an upright habit, up to 3-6 ft. tall (90-180 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in average, medium to wet soils. Tolerates summer heat and humidity. Site in locations protected from wind to minimize the risk of wind burn.
  • Fairly pest and disease free. Watch for leaf spots, blights, rusts, canker and Japanese beetles. Deer resistant.
  • Plant in shrub borders for dramatic summer blooms. Great flowering shrub along streams or ponds.
  • Cut back stems to approximately 3-4 in. in late autumn (7-10 cm). Plants will benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season.
  • Native to the southeastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 13
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 13
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams

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