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Kosteletzkya pentacarpos [= Kosteletzkya virginica]

Seashore-mallow, Saltmarsh-mallow, Fen-rose

Scientific Name:

Kosteletzkya pentacarpos [= Kosteletzkya virginica]

Common Name:

Seashore-mallow, Saltmarsh-mallow, Fen-rose

Plant Family

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, White

Size in Feet:

3 - 6

Light:

Full-sun

Soil Moisture:

Sub-hydric(*)

Bloom Time:

June - July - August - September - October - November

Bloom Area:

Coast, can be grown in Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Brackish to freshwater tidal marshes (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Formerly Kosteletzkya virginica. From Weakley's Flora 2012, "It also appears that the Eurasian K. pentacarpos represents an early introduction of North American Kosteletzkya to the Old World (probably via ships'ballast) and is conspecific; K. pentacarpos (based on European material) has nomenclatural priority over K. virginica (Blanchard 2008)."

Buds and Blooms

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Taken by Jack Spruill at his home in Hampstead, NC

Closeup of Bloom

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In its natural habitat

This colony grows in a marsh above the high tide line in Hampstead.

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Jack Spruill, August 19, 2010, Hampstead

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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