General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Plant Height: 4 feet to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 2 feet to 4 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Other: 1 to 2 inch rounded, 5-chambered green capsule, turning brown at maturity and splitting to release the seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Image
Common names
  • Texas Star
  • Scarlet Rose Mallow
  • Swamp Hibiscus
  • Scarlet Hibiscus
  • Hibiscus

Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus) was a featured
Plant of the Day for September 12, 2015.
Photo Gallery
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.
Date: Spring 2010
A tripple bloom with 5, 6 and 7 petals, very rare.
Location: Thomasville, GA USA
Date: 2019-06-22
Location: Thomasville, GA USA
Date: 2018-06-26
Location: My yard
Date: Spring, 2010
Red Texas Star Hisicus
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-06-20
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2018-08-12
6 petals
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2011-08-29
Location: Charleston, SC 
Date: 2014-07-25
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: June 23rd, 2014
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-06-07
Large, red blooms that attract hummingbirds.
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2018-09-05
Pistil ends recurve onto the stamens as the bloom closes, thus po
Photo by DonovanZoo
Photo by Hamwild
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-08-14
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2018-07-31
Half open on a cloudy day.
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2020-06-07
Always returns!
Location: Texas
Also Texas Star but less star like than some
Location: Charleston, SC 
Date: 2014-07-25
Location: Zone 9 Louisiana in my backyard
Date: 2018-07-08
My 8 ' plants by my back fence
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2018-07-31
Half open on a cloudy day.
Location: South Carolina 
Date: September

Date: Late summer
Location: Texas
Seedpod on the Texas Star
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2018-06-10
Location: North Louisiana
Date: Summer
Scarlet Hibiscus
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-07-26
Photo by wcgypsy

Date: 2010-08-06
Photo Andrea Moro
Photo by DavidofDeLand
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-06-17
The divided palmate leaves with 3-7 narrow, pointed, serrated lob
Location: Fountain, Florida
Location: Zone 9 Louisiana in my backyard
Date: 2018-07-04
My Red & 'Alba' side by side
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2013-08-05
The Forming Seed Pod
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-07-21
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-09-11
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: June, 2010
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-29
Hibiscus 020
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-11-11
Photo by Hamwild
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-06-27
Location: Lilburn, GA
Date: 2022-09-17
Location: Fountain, Florida 
Date: 2022-09-12
Unripe seed pod...will be brown when ready to harvest
Location: Kyle, Texas
Date: 2018-06-07
Has reliably come back after winter, even when in a container lef

Date: 2008-07-30
Credit Alexey Sergeev
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-06-26
New buds
Photo by laszloszakszon
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-09-28
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-29
Hibiscus 021
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-07-17
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2009-08-11
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: June 2012
growing wild in the Everglades
Location: My house
Date: 2011-06-28
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-06-28
Texas Star Hibiscus 018

Date: 2007-03-20
Tracey Slotta - USDA-NRCS Plants
Location: Texas
Texas Star
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-07-22
Photo by Hamwild
Photo by Hamwild
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-08-15
Texas Star Hibiscus 006
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2017-07-07
Location: Jefferson County, Texas
Date: July 24, 2016
Location: Mountain City, Texas
Date: 2016-06-20
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-07-28
Texas Star Hibiscus 021
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-06-28
Texas Star Hibiscus 019
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-01-16

photo credit: Eran Finkle
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.
Date: Spring 2010
New shoot emerging in spring.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-04-24
3 Months old
Location: Pinellas Park, FL
Date: 2016-05-29
Sunset Chapter, American Hibiscus Society show and sale

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Photo by sarahbugw
Location: Jefferson County, Texas
Date: July 24, 2016
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-02-01
Seedling with first pair of true leaves

Photo courtesy of Select Seeds.
  • Uploaded by Joy
This plant is tagged in:
Image Image Image Image Image Image

Comments:
  • Posted by fiwit (My little patch of paradise - Zone 7b) on Dec 8, 2012 12:11 PM concerning plant:
    It says to propagate seeds indoors, but here in the Atlanta GA area, the gentleman who gave me the seeds from his plant told me to just take them home and plant them where I wanted the plant to grow. I have this plant in several places around my yard, and other than transplanting the original plant here, all the others are from simply popping open a seed pod in the fall and letting the seeds fall where I wanted the plant to grow. I don't even cover the seeds - I just pop and drop.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 18, 2013 2:55 PM concerning plant:
    Scarlet Rose Mallow is a perennial native here in Florida; a slender shrubby plant that attains heights to 8 feet, with a 3 to 4 foot spread. Established plants can have several slender, robust stems to 7 feet long. Flowers are very large, 6 to 8 inches wide, and last only one day, but this plant has a long season and will continue blooming from spring through fall. The leaves are 5-6 inches long and palmate, with three to five narrow, pointed lance-shaped leaflets. Scarlet Rose Mallow is found in habitats of moist wetlands, swamps, ditches, and marshes and along pond margins. Also called Swamp Hibiscus due to its preference for moist conditions, this tough perennial is also well suited for home gardens. Established plants will survive in normal soils, but will require additional watering during dry periods.

    When in bloom, the very large 6- to 8-inch scarlet flowers are an attention grabber for sure!
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 15, 2018 9:14 PM concerning plant:
    I'm in south LA., zone 9, and my 7-foot-tall plants have their 1st flowers this week. I planted them by my back wood fence so my backdoor neighbor could also enjoy the blooms from their pool just over the fence.
  • Posted by frostweed (Arlington, Texas - Zone 8a) on Oct 27, 2011 7:19 AM concerning plant:
    This plant grows naturally in the swamps so it likes lots of water, but surprisingly it will also do well in average garden situations with a little additional water, the beauty and simplicity of the blooms make it worth the extra effort.
Plant Events from our members
Horntoad On June 30, 2016 Bloomed
Horntoad On July 16, 2014 Bloomed
piksihk On May 1, 2022 Seeds sown
container
piksihk On September 4, 2019 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On June 6, 2018 Plant emerged
from seed
piksihk On August 6, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
collected seeds
piksihk On July 28, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
collected seeds
piksihk On May 31, 2015 Bloomed
Front bed/master
piksihk On May 31, 2015 Bloomed
Front bed/master
piksihk On April 16, 2015 Plant emerged
frt bed
piksihk On April 1, 2015 Seeds germinated
piksihk On July 8, 2014 Bloomed
HamiltonSquare On July 16, 2015 Bloomed
This is the eariest first bloom. The plant is two years old.
antsinmypants On February 25, 2021 Seeds sown
WS 8 in jug 29.
tabbycat On June 20, 2022 Bloomed
1st flower of 2022 on 6' plants.
tabbycat On April 1, 2022 Plant emerged
2 large clumps have returned after new fence in Dec. & Winter die back.
tabbycat On February 20, 2021 Plant emerged
After freeze 2-15 2 large clumps started so no damage.
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Beautiful! by Chillybean Jan 10, 2016 5:44 PM 1
Funny story by LynneHTx Sep 14, 2015 8:58 PM 2
id? by plantmanager Aug 17, 2018 11:24 AM 9

« Add a new plant to the database

» Search the Hibiscus Database: by characteristics or by cultivar name

« See the general plant entry for Hibiscus

« Visit the Hibiscus forum

« The Hibiscus Database Front Page

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by KGFerg and is called "Fruit of Mahonia oiwakensis"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.