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Marsh Hibiscus


Hibiscus palustris

This plant is one of our rarest and most conspicuous native flowers.

It is a tall handsome hibiscus, elegant  and very ornamental to our swamps and water sides and can grow to four feet high.

The Hibiscus corolla is larger than that of any other  indigenous plant, it being equal in size to those of the hollyhock, and of a superb purple tint.

It is easily propagated from seeds or divisions of the root.

Hibiscus moschatos (The Mallow Rose or Musk Hibiscus)

This is a very splended hibiscus marsh plant, producing several stems, each growing three or four feet high.

It will not flower unless it is planted in marshy ground or near a pond, where the roots can have access to moisture. It is a hardy plant.

Hibiscus arboreous

This Hibiscus plant is abundant in many parts  of the tropics near the sea, and for considerable distances up the rivers.

It grows to a height of sixteen to eighteen feet, and throws out large flowers of a yellow or saffron color.

Hibiscus tiliaceus (The Majagua of Cuba and Central America)

It is found usually near water courses and the  seaside, and is consequently sometimes called Majagua de playa.

This lovely plant is diffused over the tropical and sub-tropical regions of both continents.

It produces a valuable fibre much used for ropes.

Hibiscus moscheutos

Is indigenous to the Northern States, and grows in abundance in swampy lands of Pennsylvania, New Jersey.

In its natural state, stalks of the plant, when at their full growth, are from five to six, and even seven feet high,  and vary from a quarter of an inch to five eighths of an inch in diameter.

The number of stalks from one root vary from eight to sixty.

Eighteen stalks of an average size will produce four ounces of disintegrated fiber.

Hibiscus grandiflorus

The flowers of this Hibiscus are large and flesh colored, with a dark centre and the fruit is yellow.

A native of the banks of the Mississippi and is sometimes found in the swamps and marshes of Florida.







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