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Hibiscus lasiocarpos (Woolly Rose Mallow)

Woolly Rose-mallow, Woolly Mallow, Rose-mallow, False Cotton, Hibiscus californicus, Hibiscus lasiocarpos var. occidentalis, Hibiscus leucophyllus, Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. lasiocarpos, Hibiscus moscheutos var. occidentalis, Hibiscus platanoides

Hibiscus lasiocarpos, Hardy Hibiscus, Woolly Rose-mallow, Woolly Mallow, Rose-mallow, False Cotton, Native Hibiscus, White Hibiscus

Vigorous, Hibiscus lasiocarpos (Woolly Rose Mallow) is an upright, herbaceous perennial boasting very showy flowers, up to 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm), adorned with 5 white or pale pink petals and a contrasting crimson center. Each flower has a conspicuous, protruding, creamy-white to pale yellow staminal column. Blooming from mid-summer to fall, the blossoms open for a single day, but new flowers open each day in rapid succession until late in the season. The flowers are a nectar source for butterflies and other insects and a pollen and nectar source for a variety of bee species. The specialist bee, Ptilothrix bombiformis, uses this plant as a primary pollen source to feed its larvae. The blooms are followed by densely-hairy fruit capsules containing spherical seeds. Velvety to the touch, the foliage of heart-shaped, toothed, and pointed leaves, 3-4 in. long (7-10 cm), is covered by soft, dense hairs. Native to fresh and brackish marshes of the southern and eastern United States, it can be found growing along stream banks, lake edges, wet ditches, marshes, and flooded fields. Best grown in natural landscapes, native plant gardens or wetland gardens.

  • Typically grows with an upright habit, up to 3-7 ft. tall (90-210 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, medium to wet soils. Tolerates some light shade but best flower production and disease resistance occur in full sun.
  • Tolerant of heat and humidity, but soil should be kept moist throughout the growing season. Will grow in standing water.
  • Plant in perennial borders for dramatic summer blooms. Great along streams or ponds, or in rain gardens.
  • Keep an eye out for blight, canker, rust, leaf spots, aphids, scale, whiteflies and Japanese beetle.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to fresh and brackish marshes of the southern and eastern United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malvaceae
Genus Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 7'
(90cm - 210cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Midwest, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, United States
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Painted Lady, Painted Lady Hibiscus, Tropical Hibiscus 'Painted Lady', Chinese Hibiscus 'Painted Lady', Pink Hibiscus, Bicolor Hibiscus Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Hula Girl, Hula Girl Hibiscus, Tropical Hibiscus 'Hula Girl', Chinese Hibiscus 'Hula Girl', Yellow Hibiscus, Bicolor Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cooperi, Cooperi Hibiscus, Tropical Hibiscus 'Cooperi', Chinese Hibiscus 'Cooperi', Rose Mallow 'Cooperi', Variegated Hibiscus, Flowering Shrub, Red flowers, Red HibiscusAGM Award
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Fifth Dimension, Fifth Dimension Hibiscus, Tropical Hibiscus 'Fifth Dimension', Chinese Hibiscus 'Fifth Dimension', Orange Hibiscus, Bicolor Hibiscus Hibiscus
Hibiscus 'Sweet Caroline', Sweet Caroline Hibiscus, Rose Mallow 'Sweet Caroline', Hardy Hibiscus 'Sweet Caroline', Pink Hibiscus
Hibiscus 'Lord Baltimore', Lord Baltimore Hibiscus, Rose Mallow 'Lord Baltimore', Hardy Hibiscus 'Lord Baltimore', Red Hibiscus

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malvaceae
Genus Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 7'
(90cm - 210cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Midwest, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, United States
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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