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Virginia saltmarsh mallow
Kosteletzkya virginica
Malvaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet wildflower gardens.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Medium to large herbaceous wildflower, becoming woody at the base.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: An attractive shrubby wildflower for wet spots in the garden.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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