Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 32 taxa in the family Malvaceae, Mallow family, as understood by Weakley's Flora.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: American Basswood, Northern Basswood
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Tilia americana var. americana   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Tilia americana var. americana   FAMILY: Tiliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Tilia americana 121-01-001   FAMILY: Tiliaceae

 

Look for it in rich coves, on rocky slopes, metabasalt boulderfields, rich north-facing river bluffs, calcareous Coastal Plain ravines

Rare in NC

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Mountain Basswood, White Basswood
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Tilia americana var. heterophylla   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Tilia americana var. heterophylla   FAMILY: Tiliaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Tilia heterophylla 121-01-002   FAMILY: Tiliaceae

 

Look for it in rich coves & on mesic to dry slopes (the drier sites usually on limestone), often one of the most abundant trees in Southern Appalachian cove forests

Common (rare in Coastal Plain), centered in the Southern Appalachians

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Carolina Basswood, Southern Basswood
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Tilia americana var. caroliniana   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Tilia americana var. caroliniana   FAMILY: Tiliaceae
INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Tilia caroliniana 121-01-003   FAMILY: Tiliaceae

 

Look for it in mesic forests, in the outer Coastal Plain usually associated with shell deposits, Indian shell middens, or underlying coquina-limestone ("marl")

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont (& NC Coastal Plain), rare in Mtns

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Little-leaf Linden, Small-leaved Linden, Small-leaved Lime
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Tilia cordata   FAMILY: Malvaceae
(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Tilia cordata   FAMILY: Tiliaceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands, uncommonly planted, rarely naturalizing

Rare

Non-native: Europe

 


drawing of Malva sylvestris, High Mallow, Common Mallow, Cheeses need picture of leaf or frond of Malva sylvestris, High Mallow, Common Mallow, Cheeses need picture of flower of Malva sylvestris, High Mallow, Common Mallow, Cheeses need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Malva sylvestris, High Mallow, Common Mallow, Cheeses need picture of fruit of Malva sylvestris, High Mallow, Common Mallow, Cheeses
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Common Name: High Mallow, Common Mallow, Cheeses
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Malva sylvestris   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malva sylvestris   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Malva sylvestris 122-01-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in pastures, roadsides, barnyards

Rare

Non-native: Europe

 


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Common Name: Common Mallow, Cheeses
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Malva neglecta   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malva neglecta   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Malva neglecta 122-01-002   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in pastures, roadsides, barnyards

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Marsh Mallow, Musk Mallow, Rose Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Malva moschata   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malva moschata   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Malva moschata 122-01-003   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in pastures, roadsides, barnyards

Rare

Non-native: Europe

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Hollyhock
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Alcea rosea   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Alcea rosea   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Althaea rosea 122-02-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in dumps (frequently cultivated, less commonly escaped or persistent)

Rare

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Carolina Bristlemallow, Bristly-mallow, Carolina Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Modiola caroliniana   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Modiola caroliniana   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Modiola caroliniana 122-03-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in lawns, roadsides, disturbed areas, pondshores

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont

Non-native (probably): South America (the original distribution unclear)

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Prickly Fanpetals, Prickly Sida, Prickly Mallow, False-mallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Sida spinosa   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sida spinosa   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sida spinosa 122-05-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, wet fields

Common

Non-native: Tropics

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Arrowleaf Sida, Diamondleaf Fanpetal, Cuban Jute
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Sida rhombifolia var. rhombifolia   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Sida rhombifolia   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sida rhombifolia 122-05-003   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in fields, gardens, disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Non-native: Old World tropics?

 


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camera icon Common Name: Coastal Plain Sida, Elliott's Fanpetals
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Sida elliottii var. elliottii   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Sida elliottii   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sida elliottii 122-05-004   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it on stream banks, sandy openings, pineland pond margins, limestone glades and barrens, mesic hammocks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Velvetleaf, Indian Mallow, Butterprint
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Abutilon theophrasti   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Abutilon theophrasti   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Abutilon theophrastii 122-06-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Non-native: south Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Seashore Mallow, Seashore Marshmallow, Virginia Saltmarsh Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Kosteletzkya pentacarpos   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Kosteletzkya virginica   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Kosteletskya virginica 122-07-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in brackish to freshwater tidal marshes

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Rose-of-Sharon, Althea
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus syriacus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus syriacus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus syriacus 122-08-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it where it is escaped or persistent after cultivation, often spreading by rhizomes

Uncommon

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus moscheutos   FAMILY: Malvaceae
(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus moscheutos   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus moscheutos + 122-08-002   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamps, river sandbars

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Western Rosemallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus lasiocarpos   FAMILY: Malvaceae
(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus lasiocarpos   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamps

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus laevis   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus laevis   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus militaris 122-08-003   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in freshwater marshes, exposed riverbanks, sandbars

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Savanna Hibiscus, Comfort-root, Pineland Hibiscus
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus aculeatus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus aculeatus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus aculeatus 122-08-004   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in pine savannas, dry sandy or loamy soils of maritime forest edges

Common (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Flower-of-an-hour
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus trionum   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus trionum   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus trionum 122-08-005   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in fields, roadsides, railroad yards, disturbed areas

Rare in GA-NC-SC

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Scarlet Rosemallow, Scarlet Hibiscus, Swamp Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus coccineus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus coccineus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamp forests, roadside swales, cultivated as an ornamental in yards

Rare

Native to Georgia, presumably introduced in the Carolinas?

 


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camera icon Common Name: Large-flowered Hibiscus, Swamp Rose Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus grandiflorus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus grandiflorus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in tidal marshes, lakeshores, wet flatwoods & savannas

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wax Mallow, Turk's-cap Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Malvaviscus drummondii   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Rare, as well as waif(s)

Native: Texas & northern Mexico

 


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camera icon Common Name: Okra, Gumbo
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Abelmoschus esculentus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Abelmoschus esculentus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in gardens (rarely persistent or self-seeding the year following)

Common (in cultivation), rare (as an escape)

Non-native: Africa

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wax Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) -   FAMILY: Malvaceae
PLANTS National Database: Malvaviscus arboreus var. arboreus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Non-native

 


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Common Name: Turk’s-cap Mallow, Mazapan
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Malvaviscus penduliflorus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malvaviscus penduliflorus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Rare

Non-native: tropical America

 


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camera icon Common Name: Palmleaf Poppy-mallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Callirhoe pedata   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Callirhoe pedata   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in occasionally mowed roadside and adjacent powerline right-of-way, with other species of calcareous prairie habitats

Rare in GA

Native west of GA-NC-SC, plausibly native to GA or perhaps only adventive

 


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camera icon Common Name: Upland Cotton
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Gossypium hirsutum   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Gossypium hirsutum var. hirsutum   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it . It is a frequently cultivated crop, especially in sandy soils of the Coastal Plain

Rarely adventive or a waif

Non-native: Central & South America, the West Indies, south Florida

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Chinese Parasol-tree, Japanese Varnishtree, Phoenix Tree
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Firmiana simplex   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Firmiana simplex   FAMILY: Sterculiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Firmiana platanifolia 123-01-001   FAMILY: Sterculiaceae

 

Look for it . It occasionally naturalizes near where it has been planted

Rare

Non-native: southeast Asia

 


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Common Name: Chocolate-weed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Melochia corchorifolia   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Melochia corchorifolia   FAMILY: Sterculiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Melochia corchorifolia 123-02-001   FAMILY: Sterculiaceae

 

Look for it in sandy fields, esp in low, wet places

Uncommon

Non-native: Old World tropics

 


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camera icon Common Name: Bretonica Peluda
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Melochia spicata   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Melochia spicata   FAMILY: Sterculiaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Waif(s)

Non-native: tropical America, the original distribution uncertain

 


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camera icon Common Name: Sleepy Morning
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Waltheria indica   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Waltheria indica   FAMILY: Sterculiaceae

 

Look for it on ballast

Waif(s)

Native: a pantropical species native north to peninsula Florida

 


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