Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


688

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it where it is escaped or persistent after cultivation, often spreading by rhizomes, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

full sun ...Wet ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White/ Pink/ Lavender (usually with a dark red 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 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 syriacus   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hibiscus syriacus   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 122-08-001:
Hibiscus syriacus   FAMILY Malvaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Rose-of-Sharon, Althea