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

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

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 122-08-002:
Hibiscus moscheutos +   FAMILY Malvaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton


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image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

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

        

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

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

        

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

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, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_moscheutos_5

July        

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm060807_013

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm090815_052

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm090815_054

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

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, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

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, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm090815_081

August    Greenville County    SC

Beaverpond & adjacent land

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

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, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

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, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm100816_423

August    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

A red-flowering cultivar.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm100816_427

August    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

A red-flowering cultivar.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

JK Marlow    jkm100816_433

August    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

A red-flowering cultivar.

image of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton

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.