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Hibiscus moscheutos - L.
                 
Common Name Swamp Rose Mallow, Crimsoneyed rosemallow, Wild Cotton, Common Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Swamp
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Saline marshes and the shores of lakes[260].
Range Southern N. America - Massachusetts to Michigan, south to Alabama, Georgia and Florida,
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Pink, Red, White. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid fall. Form: Upright or erect.

Hibiscus moscheutos Swamp Rose Mallow, Crimsoneyed rosemallow, Wild Cotton, Common Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Swamp


(c) 2010 Ken Fern & Plants For A Future
Hibiscus moscheutos Swamp Rose Mallow, Crimsoneyed rosemallow, Wild Cotton, Common Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Swamp
(c) 2010 Ken Fern & Plants For A Future
   
Physical Characteristics
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Hibiscus moscheutos is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Although there are no reports of edibility for this species, most of the plants in this family have edible leaves and flowers[K]. The flowers are about 15cm in diameter[233], though in some cultivars they are up to 25cm in diameter[260]. They have a mild flavour and somewhat mucilaginous texture with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste[K]. The leaves are rather bland and are also mucilaginous, but have a slight hairiness to them which detracts a little from the pleasure of eating them[K].
Medicinal Uses


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Demulcent;  Emollient.

The leaves and roots abound in mucilage[222]. Like many other plants in this family, they are demulcent and emollient and are used in the treatment of dysentery, lung ailments and urinary ailments[222]. an infusion of the dried stalks has been used in the treatment of inflammation of the bladder[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Specimen. Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in a sheltered position in full sun[200]. Well-suited to a water-side planting[200]. One report says that the plants are hardy in zone 5 (tolerating winter temperatures down to about -25°c), this same report also says that the plant succeeds outdoors in Britain only in those areas where winter temperatures do not fall below about -5°c[200]. Another report says that it needs to be grown in a warm garden in the warmer areas of Britain[233]. Plants of the cultivar 'Southern Belle' have been seen growing outdoors at Kew Gardens, they are situated on a south-east facing wall of the Temperate House and have been there for at least 3 years as of 2000[K]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are many named varieties[200]. Special Features:North American native, Wetlands plant, Attracts butterflies.
Propagation
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. Germination is usually rapid. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Some reports say that the seed can be sown in situ outside and that it gives a good rate of germination[78, 80, 113].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Hibiscus acetosellaFalse Roselle, African rosemallow, Cranberry Hibiscus20
Hibiscus cannabinusKenaf, Brown Indianhemp22
Hibiscus diversifoliusSwamp Hibiscus21
Hibiscus heterophyllusNative Rosella20
Hibiscus mutabilisCotton Rose, Dixie rosemallow22
Hibiscus rosa-sinensisChinese Hibiscus, Shoeblackplant, Hawaiian Hibiscus, Tropical Hibiscus, China Rose, Rose-of-China, S33
Hibiscus sabdariffaRoselle33
Hibiscus sinosyriacusRose Of Sharon42
Hibiscus syriacusRose Of Sharon, Althaea, Shrub Althea, Hardy Hibiscus42
Hibiscus trionumFlower Of An Hour21
Talipariti tiliaceumBeach Hibiscus, Sea Hibiscus, Cottontree, Mahoe32
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