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hibiscus moscheutos - L.

Common Name Swamp Rose Mallow, Crimsoneyed rosemallow, Wild Cotton, Common Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Swamp
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Saline marshes and the shores of lakes[260].
Range Southern N. America - Massachusetts to Michigan, south to Alabama, Georgia and Florida,
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
hibiscus moscheutos Swamp Rose Mallow, Crimsoneyed rosemallow, Wild Cotton, Common Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Swamp


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hibiscus moscheutos Swamp Rose Mallow, Crimsoneyed rosemallow, Wild Cotton, Common Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Swamp
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Summary

Bloom Color: Pink, Red, White. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid fall. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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hibiscus moscheutos is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Although there are no reports of edibility for this species, most of the plants in this family have edible leaves and flowers[K]. The flowers are about 15cm in diameter[233], though in some cultivars they are up to 25cm in diameter[260]. They have a mild flavour and somewhat mucilaginous texture with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste[K]. The leaves are rather bland and are also mucilaginous, but have a slight hairiness to them which detracts a little from the pleasure of eating them[K].

Medicinal Uses

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Demulcent  Emollient

The leaves and roots abound in mucilage[222]. Like many other plants in this family, they are demulcent and emollient and are used in the treatment of dysentery, lung ailments and urinary ailments[222]. an infusion of the dried stalks has been used in the treatment of inflammation of the bladder[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Specimen. Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in a sheltered position in full sun[200]. Well-suited to a water-side planting[200]. One report says that the plants are hardy in zone 5 (tolerating winter temperatures down to about -25°c), this same report also says that the plant succeeds outdoors in Britain only in those areas where winter temperatures do not fall below about -5°c[200]. Another report says that it needs to be grown in a warm garden in the warmer areas of Britain[233]. Plants of the cultivar 'Southern Belle' have been seen growing outdoors at Kew Gardens, they are situated on a south-east facing wall of the Temperate House and have been there for at least 3 years as of 2000[K]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are many named varieties[200]. Special Features:North American native, Wetlands plant, Attracts butterflies.

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. Germination is usually rapid. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Some reports say that the seed can be sown in situ outside and that it gives a good rate of germination[78, 80, 113].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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