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Kosteletzkya virginica

Virginia Saltmarsh Mallow

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This large pink flower has a long bloom time, May-October, and attracts many pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

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This large pink flower has a long bloom time, May-October. Reminiscent of hibiscus, the flowers can reach 3 inches in diameter. Pink petals surround a long yellow spike, tipped in fuchsia. This coastal plains species is salt tolerant and occurs naturally in salt marshes and salt meadows, but also grows in fresh water wetlands.  This versatile plant has tolerance to a wide range of soils and moisture levels. 

Wildlife Value:  Attracts many pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. It is a known larval host plant for Painted Lady Butterflies (Vanessa cardui).


Plant Details:

Other Scientific Names: Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

Other Common Names: Seashore Mallow

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Late Spring to Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: Pink

Deer Resistance: Unknown

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Salt Tolerance: High

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: Coastal Plain - CP

Grows in Special Ecoregions: Barrier Island/Coastal

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Sandy

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Drought Tolerance: Low

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 3 - 4 ft

Spread: 2 - 3 ft

Growth Rate: Medium-fast