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Hibiscus coccineus Walt.
Scarlet rose-mallow, Scarlet rosemallow, Texas star hibiscus, Wild red mallow
USDA Symbol: HICO2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The palmately divided leaves of this 4-7 ft. rose-mallow are palmately cut and shiny. The flowers are deep-scarlet and over 6 in. in width. A large plant with big, showy, crimson flowers in upper leaf axils.
This very showy species, typical of the mallow family, is sometimes cultivated. It is certainly one of the loveliest of our native flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , VA Native Distribution:
FL to MS Native Habitat:
Swamp, marshes & ditches of the coastal plain USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Clumps of Hibiscus start to grow late in the season and flower over a long period in late summer.
PropagationDescription: Easily grown from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff