Demonstration Wetlands Garden Project

Water Mill Museum, Old Mill Road, Water Mill, New York


Swamp Rose-mallow   Hibiscus moscheutos   (Hibiscus palustris)

This five-to-seven-foot tall plant bears showy pink or white four-to-seven-inch-wide  blossoms in summer.  The flower’s pollen is a food source for bees and hummingbirds.  The plant prefers marshy soil but will grow out into the water and help anchor the pond edge. Each plant produces hundreds of seeds, which when dispersed into Mill Creek, may help spread this attractive perennial.  

image credits: Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth, TX. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute.


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