Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Hibiscus laevis
    Halberd-leaf hibiscus

Hibiscus laevis

Hibiscus laevis blooms in large colonies colonies in marshy areas from late July to September. The individual above was photographed at Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area in northwest Indiana early in the morning on August 5, 2001. The area, a partially timbered and seasonally flooded wetland between two rivers is shown in the photograph below.

marsh hibiscus habitat

Charles Deam has commented that this species (then called Hibiscus militaris) often grows where mud has recently been deposited. He suggests that this type of habitat has become more extensive due to human activities that have increased the sediment burdens in rivers and streams.

With its large and showy flowers, this species is a good candidate for the native plant wetland garden. The plants are tall (over two meters) but the foliage is not unattractive.

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Bigger view of the same flower pictured above, showing halberd form leaves, and other plant details. [91k]

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Hibiscus laevis at Wildflower Nirvana.

Hibiscus laevis from the USDA Plant Profiles..



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