Hardy Hibiscus militaris (laevis) Rose Mallow has showy crimson-eyed, pale pink or white hollyhock-like blooms similar to H. moscheutos, but they are more trumpet-shaped. Rose Mallow is also distinguished by its smaller, halberd shaped leaves.
Hibiscus militaris, or H. laevis, is a perennial species that is native to the Central and Eastern United States. It is typically found in marshes, swamps, and in wet low areas along rivers and ponds.
Hibiscus militaris (laevis) prefers sun to light shade and wet soils, but will tolerate ordinary garden soil. Like other hardy hibiscus, it is slow to break dormancy in spring.