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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Hibiscus aculeatus Walt.
Comfortroot, Big thicket hibiscus, Pineland hibiscus
USDA Symbol: hiac
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Valued for its attractive flowers, this small-statured mallow blooms in summer and fall. Its flowers are cream colored with a dark red center, the petals appearing pleated with scalloped edges. In moist garden soil, it can live up to 6 years and attain a height of up to 6 bushy feet, though 3 feet is more common.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf Complexity: Simple Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Flower:
Flowers 2 to 4 inches
Tan 1 inch Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: A creamy yellowish white with deep, dark red center
AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX Native Distribution:
North Carolina to east Texas and Arkansas, mostly in coastal areas and along rivers Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Woodland edges and openings USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy, Acid-based
Conditions Comments: Tolerates winter flooding
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Showy, Blooms ornamental Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Maintenance: Cut to the ground after frost
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2009-01-31
Research By: TWC Staff