View Larger Scarlet Rose Mallow

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    6 6 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    This plant is the largest hibiscus grown at Mount Vernon, as well as the longest flowering. Its brilliant red blooms are a bold statement in the summer border. It is native to the swamps and marshes of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.


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    Latin Name

    Hibiscus coccineus



    Also Known As

    Texas Star , Scarlet Hibiscus , Brilliant Hibiscus

    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials

    Bloom Season

    June - September


    Summer Summer


    Max height Max Height: 6'
    Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Rain Garden
  • Water Plant
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Wet Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies
    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Native Range

    Southeastern United States


    Lady Jean Skipwith had these in her garden at Prestwould in Virginia.

    Other Details

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    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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