If you love the look of Rose of Sharon flowers but despise the invasive spreading (they are relentless!) the Hibiscus moscheutos or Swamp Rose Mallow might be just the ticket.
As with anything that has “swamp” in the common name, this shrubby perennial prefers wet soil, however we have seen in various publications that it can be grown in average soils that receive a good watering on the regular.
In the right location, this plant will produce large, showy flowers that are favorites of hummingbirds and bees of all kinds.
Source: grown from seed wild collected near the Charles River in Norfolk County, MA.
Second source: grown from seed originally from Minnesota. Prairie Moon Nursery.
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Hibiscus moscheutos (Eastern rose mallow)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: Moist or wet soil height: 6'-12' plant spacing: 2' apart bloom time: June, July, August, September bloom color: white, pink
good plant companions
Swamp milkweed, Helianthos, cardinal flower, switch grass
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.