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Swamp Mallow

One hibiscus native to Florida is also known as the scarlet rose mallow or swamp mallow. This upright herbaceous perennial can reach a height of 4 to 8 feet.

The long leaves of this plant have slender lobes with jagged teeth. Large gorgeous deep-red flowers appear in mid- to late summer.

The swamp mallow is often used as a specimen plant in the landscape but may go dormant in the winter. It can also be used around ponds or streams. But while the swamp mallow is native to wetland areas—which is where its common name comes from—it is tolerant of somewhat drier soils.

This hibiscus requires full sun or partial shade. It can be propagated by seed or division.

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