4 to 6 inch white and burgundy flowers on this 4 to 6 foot tall native perennial open from June to November attracting butterflies, hummingbird and native bees (including the Rose-mallow Bee). Rose-mallow Bees specialize in pollinating Hibiscus. Native Hibiscus are larval hosts of four butterflies: Gray Hairstreak, Painted Lady Butterfly, Common Checkered Skipper and Tropical Checkered Skipper and four moths : Pearly Wood Nymph, Yellow Scallop Moth, Io Moth, and Delightful Bird-Dropping Moths. Several other insects including what one entomologist calls “the most beautiful jewel beetle” are attracted to native Hibiscus as well. Birds hunt the insects. eat the seeds nest among the branches. Plant them in sun or part shade in average to wet (or even flooded) soil. They sometimes grow along the edges of salt marshes and can tolerate some salt water flooding. Native to AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, La, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV in USA and ON in Canada. We propagated ours from native populations in Beaufort, Hampton and Colleton Cos., SC.
1 gallon dormant, 4.5" D, 4.5" pot, 1 gallon