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Audubon® Swamp Rose Mallow

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A full-service wildlife café! Swamp Rose Mallow is a popular dining spot with a diverse clientele. When the showy, six-inch, pink flowers open in summer and the nectar is flowing, hummingbirds are eager customers. Tiger swallowtail butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators frequent the flowers, too. There’s even a native bee called the Rose Mallow bee that forages specifically on its pollen. Swamp Rose Mallow also serves up its foliage to many species of moth and butterfly caterpillars, which in turn become meals for songbirds. These protein-rich morsels are vital to the development of their baby chicks.

May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds and songbirds

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Growth Facts

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The Story

Judging by its big, flashy flowers and large leaves, you’d probably assume that Swamp Rose Mallow was some sort of tender, tropical houseplant from Hawaii or South America. In fact, this tough, cold-hardy perennial Spirit is native to Massachusetts. From there, its range reaches down to Texas and Florida. Swamp Rose Mallow is found in sunny, wet areas, often growing right in the water. Here Red-Wing Blackbirds nest among its sturdy stems, and ducks like the northern pintail and the Blue-Winged Teal eat its seeds. And of course, Hummingbirds can be seen constantly zipping around the flowers.

The Details

If they don’t become bird food, some of the caterpillars that Swamp Rose Mallow hosts become interesting adults. There is the Painted Lady butterfly, the Io moth, and the Pearly Wood nymph. Then there is a funny insect called the “delightful bird-dropping moth”! It’s actually kind of cute—even though the name is spot-on.

How to Grow

If you’re fortunate enough to have a pond or natural wetland area on your property, you really should plant some Swamp Rose Mallow. It’s beautiful, and the wildlife will love you for it! If you don’t have that kind of site, have no fear. Any regularly irrigated garden bed will do—it does not have to be sopping wet. Make sure the plant gets full sun; shade will lead to powdery mildew and poor flowering. Swamp Rose Mallow is one of the last plants to emerge each year. Don’t give up hope if you can’t find it in the spring!

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Audubon® Swamp Rose Mallow Tree
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