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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Hibiscus laevis [= Hibiscus militaris]

Smooth Rose-mallow, Halberd-leaved Marsh-mallow, Showy Hibiscus

Scientific Name:

Hibiscus laevis [= Hibiscus militaris]

Genus:

Hibiscus

Species Epithet:

laevis

Common Name:

Smooth Rose-mallow, Halberd-leaved Marsh-mallow, Showy Hibiscus

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Freshwater marshes, exposed riverbanks, sandbars. Uncommon over most of the NC Coastal Plain, but fairly common to locally common in brownwater river floodplains (Roanoke, Tar, and Cape Fear rivers). Very rare in the Piedmont portion of the range.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S3: Vulnerable, S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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