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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Woolly Rose-mallow   Hibiscus lasiocarpos    
Mallow family — Malvaceae

Also known as:
Swamp Rose-mallow, Mallow-rose, Rose-mallow, False Cotton

Slides: (click for larger view)


The woolly rose-mallow is a common and attention-grabbing erect perennial to 6 feet tall in wet areas along highways in East Texas. It also grows in other soggy habitats in that part of the state and is found less commonly westward along rivers, as well as being cultivated. The flowers, produced in summer and early fall, are some of the largest flowers in the Texas flora, up to six inches across. Several other well-known cultivated plants, such as hibiscus and rose-of-Sharon (althaea), are close relatives.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: June, July, August, September

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