Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


686

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in marshes, swamps, river sandbars, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White (sometimes pinkish) with a red or purple center
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 in upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Hibiscus moscheutos   FAMILY Malvaceae

(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hibiscus moscheutos   FAMILY Malvaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 122-08-002:
Hibiscus moscheutos +   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Hibiscus moscheutos ssp. moscheutos

GREATER THAN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Hibiscus palustris

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Rose-mallow, Swamp Rose-mallow, Wild Cotton


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image of Hibiscus moscheutos

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_himo_001_lvd

        

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_himo_007_lvd

        

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_moscheutos

July        

Each petal's base is dark maroon creating a bull's eye in the throat, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_moscheutos_5

July        

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm060807_013

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm090815_052

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm090815_054

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm090815_062

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

A whorl of bracts below the calyx looks like a ring of spider legs, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm090815_071

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

White stamens intertwine into an elaborate column surrounding the pistil, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm090815_081

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm090815_089

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

Calyx lobes triangular-lanceolate, densely canescent. Involucral bracts linear, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm090815_095

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

Petals are rounded at the edges and have a translucent crepe-like texture, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm100816_423

August    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

A red-flowering cultivar.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm100816_427

August    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

A red-flowering cultivar.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    jkm100816_433

August    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

A red-flowering cultivar.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos

JK Marlow    s090815_01

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

Narrowly to broadly lance-shaped; grayish under from feltlike matted hairs, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.