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Swamp hibiscus, Swamp rosemallow
Hibiscus grandiflorus
Malvaceae


General Landscape Uses:

An accent shrub along pond and lake edges.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A rather infrequent element in marshes and the edges of freshwater swamps.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium erect shrub.
Dimensions:
Typically 6-8 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.
Habitats:
Swamps, wet thickets and marshes.
Soils:
Wet, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained organic soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Light purple or pink with a dark purple or reddish-purple center.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous dry capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds, orioles and other birds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
An attractive shrub when in flower, the stems die back at the end of each summer. The following spring, new stems emerge from the base.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Wes Jurgens
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley