Hibiscus aculeatus
  • ALTERNATE COMMON NAME: crimson-eyed rosemallow, marshmallow hibiscus, swamp rosemallow, mallow rose
  • LEAVES: alternate, simple, lanceolate to ovate; unlobed or middle and lower blades lobed; upper surface dark green, glabrous; lower surface covered with fine star-like pubescence; margins coarsely to shallowly toothed; bases rounded to nearly heart-shaped; tips tapering to points; gray-green above and hairy-white below
  • FLOWER: showy; five-petaled, creamy-white with conspicuous band of red or burgundy at the corolla base from which a tubular column of yellow stamen extend; 4 to 8 inches wide
  • FRUIT: capsule, egg-shaped; 1 to 1.2 inch long; tapers to an erect "beak"; enclosed by the enlarged, persistent calyx
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  • FORM: perennial; 3 to 8 feet; numerous sturdy stems arising from a single crown
  • HABITAT: found along edges of salt marshes but is more common in upper-valley wetlands
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: obligate wetland (OBL); almost always occurs (>99%) in wetlands in the southeast US
  • RANGE: eastern, southeastern, and central US
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