Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


684

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont)

Look for it in freshwater marshes, exposed riverbanks, sandbars, per Weakley's Flora

map
To see a detailed map, click here

 

...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Pink
5 sepals united at base or more than half their length
5 petals united at base
Stamens united to form a staminal column surrounding ovary and styles
Superior ovary
Flowers solitary in upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Malvales

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) 122-08-003:
Hibiscus militaris   FAMILY Malvaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus


Click or hover over the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_hila2_005_lvd

        

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_himi2_001_lvd

        

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_laevis_28

July        

Stigmas 5, capitate, styles free near apex, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_laevis_a

July        

Halberdleaf Rosemallow takes its common name from its distinctive leaves, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

John B. Nelson    jbn_2749295785_e15b35767a

August    Dorchester County    SC

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

John B. Nelson    jbn_3684427386_8d650c5925

August    Colleton County    SC

Flowers have 5 pink or pale pink, 2-2.5" petals with a deep pink base, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

John B. Nelson    jbn_237241145_0e7492866e

September        

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

JK Marlow    jkm160915_130

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island Native Plant Nursery

Leaves w a sharp-pointed tip & basal lobes nearly at right angles to midrib, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

JK Marlow    jkm160915_131

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island Native Plant Nursery

Calyx lobes broadly triangular, surfaces glabrous. Bractlets linear-subulate, per Flora of North America.

image of Hibiscus laevis, Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus

JK Marlow    jkm160915_132

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island Native Plant Nursery

Pedicels jointed distally. Calyx divided 1/3-1/2 length, per Flora of North America.