Plant is an upright smooth perennial reaching a height
of 8-10 feet. Preferred
habitat is strands, sloughs, swamps, brackish and freshwater
marshes. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region,
except directly at shoreline.
Leaves are stalked; lower leaves may have no lobes but
upper leaves are deeply 3-5 lobed (palmate).
Flowers are solitary on a stalk that arises from the leaf
axil. The corolla is dark red and even darker reddish-purple
at the base; large and symmetrical in form, measuring as much
as 8 inches in dia-
meter. The stamens are fused into a column that extends
beyond the funnel-
Fruit is an ovoid capsule that measures about 1 inch long