Family: Malvaceae (250+ species)
Common Name(s): Rose mallow
Grown by: Kristin Yanker-Hansen, Danville
hibiscus - Greek name for the mallow
moscheutos - musky as in flies
A water and heat-loving sub shrub to 8 feet from the southeastern United States, in a myriad of color selections. The 8-inch glorious salvers and shallow funnels are edible, and the 39 inch are used as fodder. One subspecies, palustris is the famous marsh mallow--palustris means the marsh.
H. m. moscheutos an infusion of the dried stalks was applied for inflammation of the bladder by Sinnecock Indians.