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PlantFiles: Salt Marsh Mallow, Seashore Mallow
Kosteletzkya virginica

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kosteletzkya (koh-stel-LETZ-kee-yuh) (Info)
Species: virginica (vir-JIN-ih-kuh) (Info)

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive trackinsand On Jul 17, 2012, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

this plant was hard to find and i've wanted one for years. when i finally tracked one down and it came this past winter, it was dormant and bare-root. i didn't hold out much hope. i planted it in a small pot and put it in my outdoor "nursery" under the eave of the house.
when spring came (very early this year), i transplanted it to an enormous bottomless pot in the garden, something i would not normally do but since this plant loves swampy conditions, i figured i'd try it.
it's been a couple of months now and the plant itself, not counting the pot is about 4' tall and full of blooms every day. the blooms aren't large; it's not going to blow you away from a distance, but it's a nice full plant and i'm enjoying it.
i've posted some pictures in the PF.
it has not had one pest or disease problem. i had concerned that it might be prone to spider mites as the leaves droop downwards a bit and would be ideal conditions for mites, but it is a carefree plant.

Positive jameso On Jun 27, 2011, jameso from Longview, TX wrote:

One of the nicest blooms of I've seen although mine does not produce a lot of blooms durng the year. Grows well in the east Texas hot weather.

Positive stevemoeron On Jul 1, 2003, stevemoeron wrote:

We have a plant growing almost exactly like this one but the center is not yellow but a bulbus purple. The other difference is that we are in SW PA and the ground is not marshy. It has been coming up for several years and we have been pulling it for a weed. This year we decided to let it go and it is almost 4ft now.

Neutral rosemarysims On Apr 17, 2002, rosemarysims from Mermentau, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

There is also a pure white form of this plant called 'Immaculate' which was introduced by Johnny Mayronne of Natives Nursery, Covington LA. It is sometimes available in the trade.

Neutral Floridian On Apr 16, 2002, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Native to fresh and brackish marsh areas from New York to Florida and west to Louisiana, this shrubby perennial can top 6 feet and flower much of the summer.
Named for the Bohemian botanist V.F. Kosteletzky, this upright perennial mallow is similar to lavatera. It has fuzzy, light green, hibiscus-like leaves and blooms from midsummer through fall and longer in warmer climes. Salt Marsh mallow will grow equally as well in brackish swampy conditions, shallow standing water or in normal garden soil.


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

Fernandina Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Athens, Georgia
La Place, Louisiana
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Winnabow, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Blythewood, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Beaumont, Texas
Longview, Texas

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