Wild Cotton
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.

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