Virginia saltmarsh mallow
Kosteletzkya virginica
Malvaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium to large herbaceous wildflower, becoming woody at the base.
Height:
Typically 2-6 feet in height. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Eastern and southern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys (where very rare); Cuba.
Habitats:
Marshes and wet thickets.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to poorly drained soils, with or without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
An attractive shrubby wildflower for wet spots in the garden.


Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton