Check out the botanical name on this one because there are several plants that go by the name rose mallow. This plant is a large, bushy annual with the flowers that resemble hibiscus, a relative and member of the Malvaceae family. The flowers are not only large but they are also produced in abundance to make a very grand show all summer if they like the climate. Of course, this can be a problem. They are native to the Mediterranean region and so like cool evenings, warm days, and dry climates, not common to most of the U.S. This is a plant I don’t even bother with in my North Carolina garden but enjoy and cherish in southern California. If I really wanted to grow it in the South I could do so early in the season and just accept the fact that it is a short lived annual there. Since it is best started from seed, the outlay of money for the plant is not great; it does not like to be transplanted so is best planted directly into the garden. Known since at least 1833 it is an heirloom plant that would bring a nice touch of nostalgia to any garden. If you like to bring flowers in for the vase, this is a good one for flower arranging.

Type: Annual

Bloom: Pink or white saucer shaped flowers 2 ½-3” across are borne in the upper axils of the stems

Foliage: Three lobed leaves.

Size: 3-5’ H x 3’ W

Light: Full sun

Soil: Sandy loam, well drained’ drought tolerant once established.

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: Japanese beetles

Propagation: Seed (plant directly into the garden as plants resent being transplanted); cuttings

Companion Plants: Flowering tobacco  (Nictiana alata), tickseed, balsam

Outstanding Selections:

      ‘Dwarf White Cherub’ (white flowers, 12-15” tall)


      ‘Lovelliness’ (deep rose trumpet shaped flowers, 3-3 ½’ tall)


      ‘Silver Cup’ (iridescent pink flowere, well branched, 2-2 ½’ tall)


    ‘Mont Banc’ (white flowers, 2’ tall)

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By Karen