Seashore Mallow (Kosteletzkya virginica)
Seashore Mallow is found in marshes along the eastern seashore of the US. It has pink flowers with 5 petals surrounding a tube of fused stamens and style.
Description: A coarse, hairy perennial, Virginia fen-rose or seashore mallow is much-branched and angular in habit. A large plant with pink, terminal or axillary, stalked flowers with yellow stamens. It grows 3-5 ft. tall and spreads to 4 ft. in width. Its leaves are triangular-ovate with triangular lobes at the base. The hibiscus-like flowers are light pink and 3 in. across with a central column of yellow stamens. This Mallow is especially abundant in southern Louisiana. It is distinguished from Hibiscus by the flat ring of fruit segments. K. altheaeifolia, found on east coast of Texas, is recognized by some botanists as separate species; others regard it as a variety of K. virginica.
Synonym(s): Virginia saltmarsh mallow, Virginia fen-rose, Saltmarsh mallow, Seashore mallow, Kosteletzkya althaeifolia, Kosteletzkya pentacarpos, Kosteletzkya smilacifolia, Kosteletzkya virginica var. althaeifolia, Kosteletzkya virginica var. aquilonia
USDA Symbol: KOVI
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom Color: White, Pink
Bloom Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Water Use: High
Light Requirements: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Bloom Notes: Soil Description: Prefers sand, but will tolerate clay. Moderately salt tolerant, though does best with high acidity.
Seashore mallow adapts to less saline soils. The plant grows in brackish, swampy conditions, shallow standing water, or regular garden soil.
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