SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hibiscus
COMMON NAME(S): Mallow, Rose mallow
FAMILY: MALVACEAE - Mallow family
ORIGIN: Worldwide, about 200 spp.
HABITAT: Woods, wetlands, cultivated landscapes
CHARACTERISTICS: Sometimes hairy; with mucilaginous sap
LEAVES: Alternate, elliptic or ovate, lobed or entire; sometimes covered with hairs or glandular
FLOWERS: Large, showy, round, usually solitary from the leaf axils
FLOWERING SEASON: Most summer, all year for some tropical species
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Irritant hairs
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Some species of hibiscus have hairs on the stems and leaves that are irritating to sensitive individuals. H. moscheutos L. (Swamp rose mallow) and H. mutabilis L. (Confederate rose mallow) are commonly grown throughout the region.