Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

Refreshing and Beautiful Hibiscus

UT Gardens’ August 2021 Plant of the Month


August 19, 2021

Submitted by Celeste Scott,

UT Extension Madison County

Nothing is more refreshing in the droughty heat of summer than spotting a wild stand of Hibiscus coccineus scarlet red blooms towering above the vegetation of ditches and other low-lying areas. With its bright red flowers and preference for moist sites, this plant claims a variety of aptly descriptive common names: Scarlet Rose Mallow, Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow and Swamp Hibiscus just to name a few. While there are well over 200 species of Hibiscus and innumerous common names associated with each, the Southeastern United States claim...

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