Photos of Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rose Mallow, Eastern Rose-mallow.

Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp Rose Mallow, Eastern Rose-mallow is one of our most spectacular native wildflowers, with blooms 8 inches or more across, in white to pinkish flush, with a maroon center. It occurs in marshy ground from Maryland south to Florida, west to Alabama, Arkansas, and northward to Indiana. Like many members of the mallow family (Malvaceae), the leaves abound in mucilage, hence the leaves and root of these and other mallow family members are used to soothe irritated mucous membranes or soften tissue; traditionally used in dysentery, lung ailments and urinary tract conditions. A frontier substitute for the European marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). Think of it's nature as slimy like Okra.

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