Hairy Rosa Mallow or Rose-Mallow or Swamp Mallow
Here is a tall, showy native wildflower with large, 6 inch wide flowers. The flowers are a rosy-pink color with wine-red colored centers. The large heart-shaped leaves are attractive too. Plants bloom in late summer and a few plants will have white flowers with wine-red centers. They grow best in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun to light shade, reaching a height from 3 to 6 feet. Hibiscus lasiocarpus is useful along banks of streams and moist areas or used in the perennial garden as a center point for a late season display. If the plants are cut back in late spring they will produce shorter plants with larger flowers. Native from central eastern, and south eastern USA and California (were it was named H. californicus )This species is a food source for the Automeris io moth.