Summer arrival of the Swamp Mallow
One of my favorite Southeastern natives has just started to flower- swamp boy AKA Hibiscus coccineus. He arrives every year at the beginning of July and has stunning, ruby red flowers, bigger than the size of my hand.
Reputed to like living in bog conditions, my swamp mallows are doing nicely against the back fence with semi-dry conditions in almost full sun. They can grow up to 8′ tall with each bloom lasting for a day- and as you can see, there are plenty buds for continuous bloom over summer. I found my plants at the Botanical Gardens at Chapel Hill and highly recommend going there for a great source of healthy, robust native plants.