Embossed Colour/color Photograph by J. McCombie.
Hibiscus moscheutos (rose mallow, swamp rose-mallow, crimsoneyed rosemallow, eastern rosemallow) is a species of flowering plant in the family Malvaceae. It is a cold-hardy perennial wetland plant that can grow in large colonies. The hirsute leaves are of variable morphology, but are commonly deltoidal in shape with up to three lobes. It is found in wetlands and along the riverine systems of the southeastern United States from Texas to the Atlantic states, its territory extending northward to southern Ontario.
There exist in nature numerous forms, and petal colors range from pure white to deep rose, and most have an eye of deep maroon. Taxonomic consensus is lacking for the nomenclature of the multiple subspecies. The complete flowers are borne apically, whereas the related Hibiscus laevis carries bud and bloom along the stem.
The “Luna Pink Swirl” variety of hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a hardy perennial that produces large pink flowers with red centers. The flower petals are pink on one side and fade to light creamy pink on the other side – giving the flowers a “swirl” look. Dark cranberry red centers add to the beauty of these dazzling flowers. The flowers reach up to 8 inches in diameter, and the plant itself is compact with a very full and bushy habit that can grow up to 8 feet tall. This hibiscus variety prefers full sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. It generally produces flowers later in the summer as the soil warms until frost. “Luna Pink Swirl” hibiscus requires little care, but it is susceptible to some pests and fungal diseases that are controllable with proper care techniques. “Luna Pink Swirl” hibiscus grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9.
It attracts butterflies and it has the largest flowers of an perennial.