Hibiscus lasiocarpos

Rose mallow

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Moist
Height X Width: 3' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



This member of the mallow family is found in wet places in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley. After winter dormancy it sends up several stocks of soft, apple-green leaves topped with one or more large white flowers with maroon centers. The rose mallow thrives in a hot, sunny setting with constant moisture. Like many mallows, it will spread by rhizome to form a large patch. Like many wetland species, rose mallow is a good native to grow in a pot, where it may easily be provided with adequate moisture. It has proven quite hardy in a nursery container here at the nursery.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen