Rose Mallow – Hibiscus moscheutos

Known by several different names, the Rose Mallow is clearly a part of the Hibiscus family with it’s large, distinct flowers.  The blooms are larger than many in the Hibiscus species have a diameter of up to 30 centimeters (12”).  They look like they would only survive in tropical climates, but in fact are very hardy and considered a native plant in Southern Ontario.

Sometimes referred to as a swamp rose mallow, which makes you think they like to sit in water – they don’t.  During the growing season they are very thirsty plants and you must keep them well watered (deep watering 2-3 times per week in warm weather) but do not like to stand in water, especially during the winter months.

These bushy shrubs provide some of the most spectacular, big, showy flowers from mid summer to late fall and are available in a range of colours including white, red, lavender, pink peach and even bi-colour varieties.  Pollinators love these plate sized blooms.  The older the plant is, the more flowers you will have on your shrub that can grow to around 4-6 feet in height and wide.  Dwarf varieties can be 3 feet tall and wide.  Blooms last only one or two days, but this plant can produce up to 20 flowers in a day.

You will want to pick up one of these stunning shrubs as a feature in your garden!

 

Air Effects Rose Mallow

A super bright pink with darker shades makes this perennial hibiscus look like it's been painted. The vibrant pink 8" blooms are just screaming for beneficial pollinators to visit them. As with most Rose Mallows, it starts off slow and finishes with a bang flowering from mid-summer, into fall.

Blackberry Merlot Rose Mallow

A very deep red flowering Hardy Hibiscus offering tropical looking flowers against lush green foliage. Massive 8" rich, deep velvety red flowers are produced above a tight, upright habit and brighten up any garden especially at the end of the season when colour is needed.

Dark Mystery Rose Mallow

Striking for so many reasons. The incredible colour of the dark wine purple foliage against the bright berry-toned blooms makes this shrub a real stand-out. The flowers are 8-9 inches with playfully wrinkled edges and each flower has a cherry red eye and dark pink veining. A great shrub anywhere you want to make an impact statement.

Midnight Marvel Rose Mallow

Midnight Marvel is a true masterpiece. Large 8" blooms of fire engine red stand out against the maple-like dark purple foliage. Truly a stunning combination. The leaves are green when young and darken as the plant ages. Blooms June through September and grows to about 4' tall and wide.

Summerific® Ballet Slippers Rose Mallow

The Summerific® Collection is noted for its abundant flower buds and long blooming season. This variety is a great example of that. The massive, cup-shaped blooms feature shades of crisp white edged with rich pink in an elegant twist as the petal seems to create a ruffle where the color appears.

Summerific® Berry Awesome Rose Mallow

Bees and Hummingbirds love this hardy perennial hibiscus, nicknamed the 'dinner plate hibiscus'. It is a compact, bushy deciduous shrub noted for its extra large, lavender pink flowers with a cherry red eye, of up to 8 in. across. Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil and keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage.

Summerific® Candy Crush Rose Mallow

People and pollinators alike love the bold blossoms of this colourful hibiscus! This sun loving plant is bred to be compact and hardy. While perennial hibiscus is one of the last plants to wake up, it produces large, dazzling flowers all summer long and well into the fall.

Summerific® Cherry Choco Latte Rose Mallow

Nothing stands out in the garden like a hardy hibiscus! Very large, 8-9" three-dimensional flowers are white with intense deep pink veining and a notably large red eye. 'Cherry Choco Latte' replaces 'Cherry Cheesecake' in the Proven Winners® lineup with larger flowers and improved flower form, more pronounced veining on the petals, darker olive green foliage, and an improved, compact habit.

Summerific® Cranberry Crush Rose Mallow

This very long bloomer is a compact bushy shrub with large, deep scarlet, slightly cupped flowers of about 8 inches. A profuse, vigorous bloomer, this shrub produces stunning red flowers all over the dense, rounded clump of deep green, leathery, maple-like leaves.

Summerific® French Vanilla Rose Mallow

A hardy and very floriferous hibiscus that will be a focal point in your summer garden. This perennial hibiscus features huge 7-8", creamy custard yellow, ruffled flowers. Flowers are more yellow in cooler conditions, whiter in hotter conditions. Deep green leaves form a compact habit and will surely brighten up that garden.

Summerific® Perfect Storm Rose Mallow

Perfect Storm will be the star of the show this summer! It is a low maintenance shrub that blooms continuously from mid-summer to fall. It is a compact, bushy shrub perennial growing just 3' high. This hibiscus is noted for its large, white flowers, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), adorned with a brilliant red eye against deep black purple foliage

Vintage Wine Rose Mallow

Like a fine wine, this shrub is something to behold. It blooms the very first summer and ages into an extraordinary performer, producing hundreds of blooms per season. Nearly black buds open to huge 7" scarlet red flowers and contrast nicely against dark green heart-shaped foliage. It is a very hardy shrub that thrives in our climate.

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