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Hibiscus moscheutos

 
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Hibiscus moscheutos - Rose Mallow, Syrian Mallow
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Common name: Rose Mallow, Syrian Mallow
Family: Malvaceae (Mallow)
Distribution: Eastern North America
Habitat: Prefers full sun to light shade and moist but well-drained soil
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5
Life form: Herbaceous perennial
Usage: Ornamental
Comments: Rose Mallow is an herbaceous perennial native to low, marshy sites in eastern North America. John Bartram sent seeds to England in the mid-1700's and Thomas Jefferson mentioned a number of hibiscus and mallows, including "Hibiscus moschentos," in his only published book, Notes on the State of Virginia (1782). The mid-summer flowers are 5-8" in diameter with pink (sometimes white) petals and often a reddish-purple eye.
Links: Seeds for Purchase: The Shop at Monticello

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