Skip to main content

Bolivar Naturally

Saltmarsh Mallow

Kosteletzkya virginica

Alternate Names: Seashore mallow, Wild hollyhock

Family: (Malvaceae) Mallow

Habitat: Marshes, ditches

Height: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Period: June - November

Description: Shrub-like perennial (usually lives about 5 years). Requires sun, sandy soil, and moisture to perform best. Grows well in shallow standing water.

The Wildlife Connection: Attractive to hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.

Propagation Tips: Reseeds on its own. Young plants may be transplanted.

Saltmarsh Mallow
Saltmarsh Mallow
Saltmarsh Mallow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (immature male) on Saltmarsh Mallow

© Joanne Kamo