Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

A hike along the river revealed some white flowers called rose mallow. Also called crimsoneyed rosemallow, rose mallow looks much like Rose of Sharon. The stems of rose mallow reach 3 to 8 feet tall and produce white or pink blooms from July into September. Rose mallow is cold hardy in USDA planting zones 5 through 9. Much like a perennial flower, rose mallow is shrub-like plant that dies back to the ground each fall in marshy areas. If stems do not drop off during the winter months, be cut them to about 3 inches above ground in the spring to keep the plant hardy. Allowing the plant to grow wild with no pruning is very acceptable though.
 
Where to plant
 
Plant rose mallow in full sun to part shade in marshy areas such as low-lying landscape or at the edge of a pond, lake, or creek. Choose an area where rose mallow's self-seeding nature is acceptable. Otherwise, deadhead blooms to prevent seed development. Rose mallow will die back to the ground in the winter when planted in marshy areas. In drier planting areas, the stems may remain.
Areas where rose mallow grows.
 
 
Propagate
Rose mallow propagates well on its own. To expand the planting area, collect the seed pods (also called capsules) when they are dark brown, which happens four to six weeks after the bloom fades. Open the pods to release the seeds. Dry the seeds on a saucer for about a week and then place is a zip top bag to store in the refrigerator. In early spring, cast the seeds in the marshy area.
 
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