Rose mallow is a shrub-like perennial with multiple stems arising from a single crown. Large, heart-shaped leaves. 4-6″ flowers that may be pink or white, with a burgundy center. Individual flowers last only for one day, but flowers appear consistently throughout the season. Needs consistent moisture and well-drained soil. Pinch back growing tips when they reach 8” and again at 12” if bushy plants are desired. Appreciates good air circulation. New growth shoots are slow to emerge in spring. However, once new growth begins, it proceeds quite rapidly. In spring, cut back old stems to 4-6 inches tall before new growth appears. Do not trim back in fall. Attracts hummingbirds and bees.
‘Summer Carnival’ has 7″ dark magenta/pink flowers and an upright, rounded habit. Each leaf has a narrow cream margin and the edges are splashed with rose.
Height: 4-4.5 ft.
Spread: 5-5.5 ft.
Bloom time: mid summer to late fall
Sun: full sun to part shade
photo credit: Walters Gardens