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 in Paradise’ has deep red buds that open to 7-8” hot cerise red flowers. Medium green, maple-like leaves are accented by olive green edges. Flowers are produced from the top to the bottom of the plant, rather than only at the top like some older cultivars.
Height: 3-3.5 ft.
Spread: 3.5-4 ft.
Bloom time: mid summer to early fall
Sun: full sun to part shade
photo credit: Walters Gardens