Hibiscus moscheutos L.

Marsh Mallow

Perennial herb to 2 m or more tall. Leaves to about 20 cm long, ovate, entire to shallowly 3-5 lobed, densely white hairy below, margins toothed. Flowers solitary on long stalks that are often joined at the base to the leaf stalks; summer. Epicalyx of 10-14 narrow bracts. Petals mostly 8-11 cm long, white to deep pinkish red, usually deep red at the base.

E North America

A range of hybrids has been produced involving crosses between H. coccineus, H. militaris and H. moscheutos, known collectively as the Avalon Hybrids; 'Dixie Belle' is one of these. Further crossing has produced other cultivars including 'Southern Belle' which has giant blooms to about 30 cm wide.

Leaves felty, white-hairy below; flower stalks fused to base of leaf stalks. Grows naturally in swampy areas.

Source: Beers, L.; Spencer, R. (1997). Hibiscus. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Hibiscus L.