Texas Star Hibiscus
Hibiscus coccineus is a vigorous, sturdy, erect, woody-based perennial that typically grows 3-6' tall and features showy, hollyhock-like, 5-petaled, bright scarlet red flowers (3-5" diameter) borne in the upper leaf axils of the plant over a long, mid-summer to early fall bloom period. Each flower has a prominent and showy center staminal column. Hemp-like, palmately compound, deep green leaves (5-6" wide). It is sometimes commonly called swamp hibiscus because it is native to marshes and swamps in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Grow on average medium to wet soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun or light shade and plants may become leggy with diminished flowering in too much shade. Tolerates summer heat and humidity, but the soil should be kept moist throughout the growing season.
This very showy species, typical of the mallow family, is sometimes cultivated. It is undoubtedly one of the loveliest of our native flowers.
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade
Water: Medium, High
Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9
Origin: Texas, Southeastern U.S.