Cheryl Harner's Flora and Butterfly Blog
Weedpicker's Journal: Discover the native plants of Ohio and the butterflies that utilize them.
Aloha Ohio July 28, 2007
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Some of our most beautiful native flowers are found in remote locations, but not this one! Most likely the largest of flowers blooming in Ohio, these tropical looking lovelies are nearly 6" wide. You can find them along the back-water marshes of Lake Erie. Easily seen from the road at Medusa Marsh near Bay View, Ohio or the one pictured here was near the bridge at Mentor Marsh, Mentor, Ohio.

These plants are in the family Malvaceae (Mallow), just like
Hibiscus brackenridgei which is the state flower for Hawaii. Most Hibiscus are tropical plants, found on various warm islands and southern locations in the United States, however, we have 30 some species of Malvaceae in Ohio. You may recognize these flowers resemblance to the common hollyhock. Yes, they are close relatives.

I have noticed landscape companies offering winter-hardy and perennial Hibiscus for sale in recent years. I would assume they are a hybridization from this plant, the Swamp Rose-Mallow, Hibiscus palustris. Note the species name, palustris,
which means of the marsh or swamp. Many plants (Caltha Plustris, Marsh-marigold for one) have palustris in their name. Remember, you will find them in wet places.

Now If I could have only found that Least Bittern at Mentor Marsh! Speaking of birds, if you have been looking for Jim McCormac's new blog click here to enjoy Ohio Birds and Biodiversity.
2007-07-29 01:34:24 GMT
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