Rose-Mallow, Swamp

Hibiscus palustris
A large 5-7” plant with very showy flowers in terminal clusters. The stem and stalks are short-hairy and the stalked, egg-shaped leaves taper abruptly to a long sharp tip and have a rounded to heart-shaped base. The up to 6” flowers have 5 overlapping pink petals and 5 pointed sepals. There is also a ring of linear, spreading, upturning bracts below the sepals. The stamens are united in a 2” central column, the yellowish anthers protruding from the sides. The column is tipped by a 5-part stigma. Found in swamps. Flowers August, September.