(Common Marsh Mallow - Crimson Eye Rose Mallow - Mallow Rose - Woolly Rose Mallow - Hairy Fruit Rose Mallow)
Hibiscus moscheutos - Linnaeus
Malvaceae (Mallow) Family
Plant is an upright perennial to a height of 6 to 8 feet. Preferred habitat is fresh water marshes, edge of ponds, and lakes, as well as moist ditches and low areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are toothed along the margins. The lower leaves are often 3-lobed, occasionally downy and grayish above. Leaves are usually smooth above, displaying reddish leaf stalks and veins.
Flowers are large and showy with a white, creamy or pink corolla and red or purple throat. Stamens are fused to form a stout column that extends beyond the flower. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a five-chambered capsule.
Other similar variations are H. lasiocarpus, H. palustris, H. incanus, and H. grandiflorus.