Zone 4 - 9
This is a shrub-like plant producing large (25 cm), saucer-shaped, white flowers with a bold red eye which bleeds out along the veins of each petal. Very ornamental, maple-leaf shaped foliage which is coppery-red on top and orange-red on the underside. Spectacular. This plant will stop traffic when in bloom. HEIGHT: 90-120 cm SPREAD: 90-100 cm
Plant in a hot, sunny location as it requires lots of good summer heat to bloom well. Usually will flower later in the summer and into the fall. A few important facts to remember. This is a true perennial, not a woody shrub. In the spring cut it back to the ground. Rose Mallow will not show any sign of life in the spring until the ground has heated up. In some areas and depending on the weather this might not be until well into June. Don't give up too soon. This plant will develop a large tap root system and it absolutely hates to be moved. Rose Mallow is very tolerant of heat and humidity. Spectacular and generally easy and carefree. Does not need staking.
NOTE: 2 GALLON CONTAINER SIZE
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Image courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc