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Plants of the UNF Campus

Hibiscus coccineus - Swamp hibiscus
Family Malvaceae


About two hundred species of Hibiscus are found around the world. Various species are used for fiber, seed oil, timber, food and medicines. Swamp hibiscus is native to moist areas of the southeastern United States. Large red flowers are held at the top of the stalks. It can grow to about ten feet tall but is usually shorter. The stems die to the ground each winter and resprout from the ground in spring.


See plants on the edge of pond ‘H’ behind building 6.


Herbaceous plant with stalks to six feet tall or more.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: requires moist soil, tolerates standing water

Soil: moisture is essential, no other special requirements

This native plant is easy to grow in moist soils in northeast Florida.

Hibiscus coccineus