What flower is that?

 
Rose mallow BlossomRose Mallow Plant
Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2017

This month’s plant is an inhabitant of fresh or brackish swamps or river shores.  It grows on stems up to 7 feet tall and can sometimes be found in large colonies of 15- 20 stems.  Its 5-petaled flowers are quite large, up to 8-10” in diameter, usually pink in color and sometimes white. Like the flowers the leaves are also large. They are toothed and arranged alternately along the stems.  Look for this plant with its showy flowers in late summer and early fall.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Hibiscus moscheutos
Common Name:
  Rose Mallow 
Family:
  Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Habitat:
  Edges of ponds, marshes and river shores

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