Other common names include large-flowered hibiscus, pink swamp hibiscus, swamp rosemallow, swamp rose-mallow and velvet hardy mallow.
Swamp hibiscus is in the Malvaceae, or mallow, family.
This is a shrub-like wildflower that gets large woody stems. It is deciduous and grows to a height of about 6 feet and about 4 feet wide.
The leaves are alternate, stalked and grayish green in color. Their shape is ovate to deltoid and sometimes heart shaped. The surface is velvety. Some leaves may have three lobes while others will not. The margins are serrate.
Swamp hibiscus flowers are huge pink beauties and appear in the spring, summer and early fall.
It is found naturally occurring in lake sides, marshes, wetlands, swamps and wet areas.
It is native to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. It grows in zones 8a to 11.
In the home landscape it will need constant water so a site that has poor drainage is a good location, or container grown. It needs a lot of room to grow because of its large size.
The flower nectar attracts butterflies, bees, and beetles.
It is a larval host plant for several species of butterflies and moths including the Gray Hairstreak, Painted Lady, Common Checkered Skipper, Tropical Checkered Skipper, Pearly Wood Nymph, Yellow Scallop Moth, Io Moth, and Delightful Bird-Dropping Moth.
It can be grown from seed and transplanted. When transplanting be sure to remove any flowers and most of the upper foliage so it can focus on recovering and repairing its roots.