Scarlet Rose Mallow
Item #: 1215
Zones: 6a to 9b
Height: 96" tall
Origin: United States
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Hibiscus coccineus is a versatile native mallow that's equally at home in a swamp, submerged in a garden pool, or in a perennial border. The palmate-leaved (looks like a Japanese maple) Scarlet rose mallow has 6" brilliant red flowers on nice upright stems to 8' tall...a great see-through perennial. For us, the clump flowers from June through October...attractive to hummingbirds. In the winter, we leave the stalks and enjoy the ornamental seed pods...great for arranging, both in the garden and in a vase!
Perennial hardy hibiscus are a very low maintenance perennial, provided they are growing in the proper conditions. When the plants go dormant in winter, the stalks remain upright and sturdy. We prefer to leave them to give birds a place to perch. The structure also helps the garden remain much more interesting in winter than a flat carpet of brown mulch.
Hibiscus sawfly is the #1 pest of most hibiscus, causing skeletonized leaves. These can be treated with a beneficial bacteria product like Dipel, which contains BT bacillus.
Scarlet rose mallow grows naturally in standing shallow water, although they are quite drought tolerant for short period. The drier the soil, the more the plants will be stressed, which increases the severity of insect damage.
Perennial hardy hibiscus like Texas Star, add an upright garden form to the garden, as well as summer flowering when many spring perennials have finished flowering or gone dormant. Also, there are few plants with such a floral show that tolerates wet soil.
Bees are the primarily pollinators of all of the herbaceous, hardy hibiscus.
Flower Color: Red
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Summer
Container Role: Thrillers
Garden Themes: Cottage Garden Plants
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