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Halberd-leaf Hibiscus, Scarlet Rose-mallow
Hibiscus laevis (H. militaris)


Halberd-leaf hibiscus grows in shallow water in East and North Central Texas into the Rolling Plains. It is really not a shrub but an herbaceous perennial whose stalks die down each year, with new ones emerging in spring. It can grow to 8 feet in a season, producing large pink or white flowers with a maroon center from late spring through early fall. Halberd-leaf hibiscus has distinctive dagger-like, 5-part leaves. It likes full sun, can grow in sand or clay with sufficient moisture, and can tolerate poor drainage.

Plant Habit or Use: perennial
small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: pink to white

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: capsule

Height: 3 to 8 feet

Width: 3 to 6 feet

Plant Character: herbaceous perennial

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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