Hibiscus aculeatus Walter

Pineland Hibiscus, Comfortroot

Leaves first year

Leaves first year


Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Hibiscus

Category: Perennial

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 2 to 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Leaves deeply lobed and rough, palmate with 5 lobes usually. Flowers cream-yellow to white with dark red to brown centers. Stems hairy. The stems and leaves are rough to the touch.


Native to the US southeastern coastal plain.

Published in Fl. Carol. (Walter) 177 in 1788.


My Experience: 

I purchased seed from GeorgiaVines.com in March 2011 and sowed some in seed starting mix in a mini-greenhouse in the kitchen window. The plants were potted up gradually and left outside in pots from May on. I planted one plant in the Pool Lawn Border in summer 2011 but it never flowered. It grew to about 12" tall and 18" wide in spring 2012 and eventually flowered in summer. It did not come back in spring 2014.

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