Three to six species of Malvaviscus
are found in North and South America. These
shrubs are closely related to hibiscus. The tubular red flowers are one to two
inches long. They look like a partially closed hibiscus. These flowers are
pollinated by hummingbirds and large butterflies. Their white fruits are fleshy
not a dry capsule as in hibiscus. This plant is sometimes classified as a
distinct species, Malvaviscus drummondii.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: best in a moist soil
Soil: average garden soil
This variety has been reported as a native plant from Florida to Texas. In 2007, The Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants lists it as not native to Florida. It is a shrub about six to eight feet tall. It grows naturally in moist soils.