Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

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Saltmarsh Mallow


Also known as Kosteletzkya virginica

Plant Specifics

Size:5 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Blooms sporadically all year in the southern part of its range. Winter dormant in the north.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wetland wildflower garden.
Propagation:Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Attracts hummingbirds.  


Attracts butterflies and various pollinators.

Native Habitats:Salt, brackish, or fresh water marshes, sloughs, ditches, borders of mangrove and other swamps, wet forest clearings.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures