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Mississippi Native: Woolly Rose Mallow

(Hibiscus lasiocarpos)

Downloadable Brochure: Woolly Rose Mallow

Other Name/s:

Woolly Mallow, False Cotton, or Rose-mallow

Description:

Several stems branch from one plant. The stems of this hairy perennial stand upright. It has alternating, toothed leaves. Blossoms are large (white or pink) with a reddish “eye” at the base of the petals at the bloom’s center. Flowers cluster at the end of the stems, and seeds form in the capsules after blooming ends. These brown seeds are very small.

Season/Size:

Blooms may appear starting in April and continue to bloom through September.

The woolly rose mallow may grow to a height of 5 feet.  Its leaves range in length from 4 to 6 inches.  The blossoms are 3 to 4 inches long.

Habitat:

This plant grows around ditches and other wetland areas. In the VEC habitat, several woolly rose mallow plants grow along the edges of the pond.

Interesting Facts:

It is also known as “False Cotton.” The woolly rose mallow bloom is comparable to the cotton plant’s flower.

One bush produces hundreds of seeds. Green, hairy capsules will turn brown before opening to reveal seeds.

Planting Tips:

The woolly rose mallow tolerates light shade but prefers full sun. It tolerates summer heat and humidity very well, but soil should be kept moist.

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