- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Mature Height: 4-6' tall
- Mature Width: 2-3' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 2-3' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Rose Mallow?
With its big, bodacious flowers (to six inches wide), Smooth Rose Mallow looks like some tender, tropical beauty you’d find in a conservatory. In fact, this flashy Spirit is native to southern Minnesota, and it tolerates winter temperatures to -30ºF! Being a native plant, it is more than just a pretty face—it services many native insects that have evolved with it. One such specialist is the Hibiscus bee. This gentle bee is a type of ground-dwelling bee called a chimney bee or turret bee. It makes a little turret around the entry to its mud home.
Smooth Rose Mallow is most abundant in the lower Midwest and southward to Louisiana, but there are also scattered populations along the Eastern Seaboard. You’ll find it growing in swampy areas or along creeks and rivers in sunny, open sites. It is distinguished from other Hibiscus species (Smooth Rose Mallow is a type of Hibiscus) by its unique leaves, which have three lobes—a long central one and two smaller side lobes. The leaves bear a resemblance to a medieval weapon known as a halberd. Hence, this plant is also called the Halberd-Leaved Rose Mallow.
How to use in the landscape?
If they don’t become bird food, some of the caterpillars that Smooth Rose Mallow hosts become interesting adults. There is the painted lady butterfly, the io moth, and the pearly wood nymph. Then there is a funny insect called the “delightful bird-dropping moth!” It’s actually kind of cute—even though the name is spot-on.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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How To Plant
If you’re fortunate enough to have a pond or natural wetland area on your property, you really should plant some Smooth Rose Mallow. It’s beautiful, and the wildlife will love you for it! If you choose a drier site, be sure to irrigate it regularly and never let the roots dry out. Full sun is a necessity for the blooms to open fully. Each blossom lasts only one day, but new flower buds open every day for about a month. Smooth Rose Mallow is one of the last plants to emerge in the spring. It is slow to get going, but once the weather warms, it shoots up like a rocket!
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 4-9