Hibiscus laevis

Halberd-leaf Rosemallow

Malvaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Background screen in wet garden
Propagation:Seed
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Circum neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:

Attracts pollinators.  Bees are especially important for fertilization.

Insects:
   

  • Larval host of  Gray Hairstreak, Painted Lady Butterfly, Common Checkered Skipper and Tropical Checkered Skipper butterflies and  four moths : Pearly Wood Nymph, Yellow Scallop Moth, Io Moth,  and Delightful Bird-Dropping Moths.
  • Attracts butterflies and  native bees (including the Rose-mallow Bee which is a Hibiscus specialist), beetles, etc. 

Native Habitats:Wet sites. Floodplains, riverbanks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:This is a wetland plant. It is rarely grown, but it has potential in appropriate sites.