Scarlet Hibiscus – Wild Weeds

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Scarlet Hibiscus

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Scarlet Hibiscus photo by Stacey Matrazzo
Scarlet Hibiscus photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Scarlet Hibiscus, also called scarlet rosemallow, is an herbaceous to semi-woody perennial wildflower in Florida. You can often find this flower growing in home landscapes as well as in natural areas like along wetland and stream edges, swamps, and other wet, open sites. In late summer it produces large crimson colored flowers that remain open for only one day. However, this flower will produce many flowers throughout the summer.

This plant is a larvae host for many pollinator species, including a number of butterflies and moths. Growth habit can reach heights of 3 to 7 feet with a 2 to 5 foot spread.

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Posted: May 1, 2022

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Natural Resources, NFLAG, Wild Weeds

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