Audubon Native Swamp Rose Mallow and native birds
Native Swamp Rose Mallow light pink and burgundy flowers on white
Native Regions map for Swamp Rose Mallow
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Audubon Native Swamp Rose Mallow and native birds
Native Swamp Rose Mallow light pink and burgundy flowers on white
Native Regions map for Swamp Rose Mallow
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 3-7' tall
  • Mature Width: 2-4' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 2-4' apart

FEATURES:

  • 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

 

Audubon® Swamp Rose Mallow

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Hibiscus moscheatos

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Why the Audubon® 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 in the landscape?

,p>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.

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.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-9

    Mature Height: 3-7' tall

    Mature Width: 2-4' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 2-4' apart

How To Plant

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.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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