Swamp Rose Mallow

Hibiscus moscheutos

Mark Moran

Swamp Rose Mallow is a wildflower with large, beautiful flowers. It is found in wet areas, such as marshes, ponds, ditches, wet woods, and shorelines.

This is a fast-growing plant, which needs lots of sun to grow. It can wind up being seven feet tall. Each plant has several hairy stems.

Leaves are large, and either triangle or heart-shaped. The edges have teeth, and they often have reddish veins.

Mark Moran

Mark Moran

Swamp Rose Mallow flowers are huge, growing up to eight inches wide. They have five petals and a deep red or purple center. Blooming starts in May and continues through September.

Hummingbirds and bumble bees often visit flowers for nectar, and they help the plant by pollinating it.

Mallows are perennial, meaning the stems and flowers die in Winter, but roots survive and send up new stems the following year.

Mark Moran

Some insects which eat Swamp Rose Mallow leaves include Japanese Beetles and Cucumber Beetles.

Seeds are eaten by birds, including ducks and Northern Bobwhite.

Other plants which grow near Swamp Rose Mallow include bulrushes, reeds, Buttonbush, pondweeds, Lizard's Tail, sedges, and duckweed.

Many aquatic animals use mallow as cover, including frogs, snakes, birds, mammals, and insects.

Mark Moran

Relationships in Nature:

Animals Using as Food
Animals Using as Shelter
Associations with Other Plants
OTHER

Mallard

Japanese Beetle

Lizard's Tail

Golden Northern Bumble Bee Po

Wood Duck

Chinese Mantid

Common Duckweed

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Po

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Goldenrod Spider

Common Reed

Golden Northern Bumble Bee

Bullfrog

Marsh Bulrush

Japanese Beetle

Northern Water Snake

Tussock Sedge

Northern Bobwhite

Eastern Painted Turtle

Buttonbush

Large Diving Beetle

Long-leaf Pondweed

Common Whitetail

Pickerelweed

Common Yellowthroat

Common Cattail

Eastern Mosquitofish

Muskrat

Meadow Vole

Mallard

Crayfish

Common Snapping Turtle

Predatory Nematode

Six-spotted Fishing Spider

Fragile Forktail

Relationship to Humans:

Anyone who sees a Swamp Rose Mallow flower appreciates its beauty. It has also been used to make medicines.

 

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

KINGDOM
Plant
DIVISION
Magnoliophyta
CLASS
Magnoliopsida
ORDER
Malvales
FAMILY
Malvaceae
GENUS
Hibiscus
SPECIES
Hibiscus moscheutos

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