Common Marsh Mallow - Crimson Eye Rose Mallow - Mallow Rose
Hibiscus palustris Var. moscheutos
Malvaceae (Mallow) Family
Plant is an upright, tall, open-crown perennial. Preferred habitat is tidal marshes, inland freshwater marshes and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are 4 to 5 inches long; yellow-green in color; egg-shaped; toothed; pointed. Leaf is softly downy beneath and smooth above.
Flowers are large with numerous stamens and anthers that are fused together to form a column around the style; musky odor. Five style branches and stigmas protrude from the end of the column. Narrow green leaf-like bracts are present beneath the calyx. Wild Cotton usually does not have the red or purple throat present in other hibiscus. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a five carpelled capsule.