Hibiscus lasiocarpus Cav.

Woolly Mallow




Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Hibiscus

Category: Perennial

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 4 to 6' tall, 3 to 4' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun


Woolly gray-green leaves. Needs plenty of moisture. Pale pink or white flowers with a deep pink to red center in summer.


Native to central and southern US.

Published in Diss. 3, Tertia Diss. Bot. 159 tab 70 in 1787.


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. In the summer I planted several in the Pool Lawn Border. They bloomed in spring 2012, the flowers were different colors, from bright white to deep pink, all with deep pink throats. I moved one plant to the Gumball Border Garden in 2013. I moved the remaining two to the Gumball Border Garden also in autumn 2014.

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