Hibiscus laevis All.

Halberd-leaf Rosemallow, Hibiscus

Leaves first year

Leaves first year


Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Hibiscus

Category: Perennial

Zones: 4 to 10

Size: 4 to 6' tall, 3 to 4' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun


Pointed, halberd-shaped leaves, 3 lobes. Pink/white flowers with a deep pink to red throat in summer. Stems reddish and glabrous. 5 hairless green sepals. Needs moisture but an irrigated garden bed should be good enough.


Native to the southern US along streams and in wet areas.

First published in Auct. Syn. Meth. Stirp. Hort. Regii Taur. 31 in 1773.

Synonym Hibiscus militaris Cav.


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 in the Pool Lawn Border in summer 2011 and in spring 2012 it grew to 2' tall and wide. By 2014 it was 5' tall and 4' wide. In autumn 2014 I moved it to the Around The Pool garden.

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