Swamp Hibiscus Outshines Its Name
By: Julie Day
This past August, my neighbor called me over and said, “I want you to see this swamp hibiscus – isn’t it the most gorgeous thing?” Now, it isn’t often that you hear the words “swamp” and “gorgeous” in the same sentence, but in this case she’s right.
About Swamp Hibiscus
Also known as the Scarlet Rose Mallow or Texas Star, the swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is native to the east coast of the U.S. It’s one of the most spectacular native plants, with incredible, large red flowers that naturally thrive in wetlands and ditches. This spring, try sowing some seeds for a spot of brilliant perennial color in your garden.
How to Grow Swamp Hibiscus
Here’s how to grow swamp hibiscus in your yard or garden:
- Other Benefits: Swamp hibiscus is attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and birds. It’s easy to grow from seed, and you can save the seeds for sharing. You can also propagate swamp hibiscus by division.
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- Problem with Tropical Hibiscus Leaves Turning Yellow (article)
- Hibiscus coccineus (floridata.com)