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Kosteletzkya pentacarpos [= Kosteletzkya virginica]

Seashore-mallow, Saltmarsh-mallow, Fen-rose

Scientific Name:

Kosteletzkya pentacarpos [= Kosteletzkya virginica]

Genus:

Kosteletzkya

Species Epithet:

pentacarpos

Common Name:

Seashore-mallow, Saltmarsh-mallow, Fen-rose

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

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

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

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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