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Hibiscus aculeatus

Pineland Hibiscus, Savanna Hibiscus, Comfort-root

Scientific Name:

Hibiscus aculeatus

Genus:

Hibiscus

Species Epithet:

aculeatus

Common Name:

Pineland Hibiscus, Savanna Hibiscus, Comfort-root

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

ine savannas, dry sandy or loamy soils of maritime forest edges (Weakley 2015). Rare in the NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

NC Natural Heritage Program Global Rank: G4G5

Pineland Hibiscus in bloom

Pineland Hibiscus grows on the coast, in pine savannas and maritime forests. Rare in NC, it is common from SC south.

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C. Paynter

Pineland Hibiscus Flower

The blooms are stunning, creamy white with a purple center, fading to pale yellow and then to pink. Pineland Hibiscus makes a beautiful, long-lived garden plant. Drought-resistant.

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C. Paynter, Wilmington, 2013

Close up of stem and leaf

The stems and leaves are "harshly scabrous" (Weakley) with short, stiff hairs and will stick to you if brushed against.

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C. Paynter

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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