Hibiscus lasiocarpus – Rose Mallow
A popular Missouri native perennial, Rose Mallow, Hibiscus lasiocarpus, brings huge flowers to the garden. Its large 4-5” white or pink flowers are highlighted with red centers. Flowers appear in mid-summer. Plants are shrub-like with fuzzy leaves. Plants tolerate heat and humidity and are deer resistant. Hibiscus require consistent moisture.
A large plant, it can grow 4-6′ tall. Its height makes it perfect for the rear of the perennial border. Plant it in mixed perennial gardens, native plant gardens, rain gardens or naturalized areas. It’s fantastic grouped in moist locations such as along the edge of a pond or stream.
Grow in average, medium to wet soil in full sun. Tolerates some light shade, but full sun produces best flowering and will keep the plant healthy. Soil should be kept moist throughout the growing season.