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Hibiscus coccineus (Swamp mallow)
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Hibiscus coccineus

Swamp mallow

Deep red flowers with a lush tropical appeal. Red-purple stems and deeply cut maple-like foliage that waxes redder through the late summer and fall. The wetter the site, the taller it grows.

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Hibiscus coccineus - 50 per flat $55.00
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Height

5-8 Feet

Spread

3 Feet

Bloom Color

Red

USDA Hardiness Zone 7-10

Swamp mallow Interesting Notes

One of the most impressive hardy Hibiscus, H. coccineus sports a profusion of bold, red, star-shaped flowers. Flowers bear a white rib, resembling the popular holiday pot plant. Hibiscus Hut

Hibiscus coccineus Growing and Maintenance Tips

H. coccineus thrives in moist-wet, sunny and warm areas. Can even tolerate standing water. A water's edge plant, but quite at home in average garden soil if kept moist. The wetter the site, the taller it grows. Requires fertilizer due to it's rapid growth in early summer and may require staking. Hibiscus transplants easily. Propagated by seed, greenwood cuttings and layering. Mulch during winter to protect roots from frost and prune in early spring for bushier growth. Best effect when planted in groupings of 3 or more. Plant in areas that remain moist such as the banks of a stream or pond, or in perennial beds.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Fast
Fast
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Wetlands
Wetlands
Moist
Moist

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Attributes
Pond Edge
Detention Basin
Stream Edge
Native to US
Moist Sun
Border
Soil Moisture Needs
Wet
Propagation Type
Open pollinated