Fabulous Florida Hibiscus

2Hibiscus coccineous by Karen SchusterThe singular beauty of native swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is captured in this photo sent by Karen Schuster. Swamp hibiscus is now in flower at Blue Cypress Lake where Karen took these photos …
Hibiscus coccineous by Karen Schuster
In the late fall or winter, swamp hibiscus dies back to the ground to re-memerge in the spring, quickly growing to be 6 to 8 feet tall. Its showy scarlet red flowers are at least six inches across.

Scarlet rosemallow is another name for this fabulous native plant that is not found at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Seashore mallow (Kosteletzyka virginica), another member of the Hibiscus (mallow) family, Malvaceae, grows at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area near the wetland crossover bridges …
Either one of these native plants would make a wonderful addition to your landscape in a moist place in full sun or light shade.

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