- May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds and songbirds
- 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
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Mature Height: 3-7' tall
- Mature Width: 2-4' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 2-4' apart
Why plant Audubon® Native Swamp Rose Mallow?
A full-service wildlife café! Swamp Rose Mallow is a popular dining spot with a diverse clientele. When the showy, six-inch, pink flowers open in summer and the nectar is flowing, hummingbirds are eager customers. Tiger swallowtail butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators frequent the flowers, too. There’s even a native bee called the Rose Mallow bee that forages specifically on its pollen. Swamp Rose Mallow also serves up its foliage to many species of moth and butterfly caterpillars, which in turn become meals for songbirds. These protein-rich morsels are vital to the development of their baby chicks.
Judging by its big, flashy flowers and large leaves, you’d probably assume that Swamp Rose Mallow was some sort of tender, tropical houseplant from Hawaii or South America. In fact, this tough, cold-hardy perennial Spirit is native to Massachusetts. From there, its range reaches down to Texas and Florida. Swamp Rose Mallow is found in sunny, wet areas, often growing right in the water. Here Red-Wing Blackbirds nest among its sturdy stems, and ducks like the northern pintail and the Blue-Winged Teal eat its seeds. And of course, Hummingbirds can be seen constantly zipping around the flowers.
How to use Audubon® Native Swamp Rose Mallow in the landscape?
If they don’t become bird food, some of the caterpillars that Swamp 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.
Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
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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Hardiness Zone: 5-9
How To Plant Audubon® Native Swamp Rose Mallow
If you’re fortunate enough to have a pond or natural wetland area on your property, you really should plant some Swamp Rose Mallow. It’s beautiful, and the wildlife will love you for it! If you don’t have that kind of site, have no fear. Any regularly irrigated garden bed will do—it does not have to be sopping wet. Make sure the plant gets full sun; shade will lead to powdery mildew and poor flowering. Swamp Rose Mallow is one of the last plants to emerge each year. Don’t give up hope if you can’t find it in the spring!
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.