Native Rosella, Creeping Pink Swamp Hibiscus, Musk Mallow, Ornamental Okra, Ambrette
Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abelmoschus (a-bel-MOS-kus) (Info)
Species: moschatus subsp. tuberosus

Category:

Groundcovers

Herbs

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Red

Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deland, Florida

Mcdonough, Georgia

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 16, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant which has no generally accepted common name. Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus (tuberosa) is native to Australia, New Guinea and the islands of South East Asia. This prostrate, creeping plant's usual habitat is open woodlands which receive seasonal rains or grasslands being most often found on rocky hillsides. It originate's from an underground tuber to which it dies back in the dry season and from which it resprouts when rains return.

Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus alternate, somewhat hairy, rough, 4-10cm x 4-8.5cm leaves have serrated edgesv. The plant varies in leaf shape with the lower (basal) leaves being more ovate or heart-shaped, angular or 3-7-palmately lobed or parted. The upper leaves are usually lobed or parted. The ... read more