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Common Name: Swamp Rose Mallow
Hibiscus moscheutos is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.50 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
Southern N. America - Massachusetts to Michigan, south to Alabama, Georgia and Florida,
Saline marshes and the shores of lakes[
Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in a sheltered position in full sun[
]. Well-suited to a water-side planting[
One report says that the plants are hardy in zone 5 (tolerating winter temperatures down to about -25°c), this same report also says that the plant succeeds outdoors in Britain only in those areas where winter temperatures do not fall below about -5°c[
]. Another report says that it needs to be grown in a warm garden in the warmer areas of Britain[
]. Plants of the cultivar 'Southern Belle' have been seen growing outdoors at Kew Gardens, they are situated on a south-east facing wall of the Temperate House and have been there for at least 3 years as of 2000[
A very ornamental plant[
], there are many named varieties[
Although there are no reports of edibility for this species, most of the plants in this family have edible leaves and flowers[
The flowers are about 15cm in diameter[
], though in some cultivars they are up to 25cm in diameter[
]. They have a mild flavour and somewhat mucilaginous texture with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste[
The leaves are rather bland and are also mucilaginous, but have a slight hairiness to them which detracts a little from the pleasure of eating them[
The leaves and roots abound in mucilage[
]. Like many other plants in this family, they are demulcent and emollient and are used in the treatment of dysentery, lung ailments and urinary ailments[
]. an infusion of the dried stalks has been used in the treatment of inflammation of the bladder[
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. Germination is usually rapid. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.
Some reports say that the seed can be sown in situ outside and that it gives a good rate of germination[