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Swamp Hibiscus, White Rose Mallow, Texas Star, White Hibiscus 'Alba'

Hibiscus coccineus

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: coccineus (kok-SIN-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Brooksville, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fayetteville, Georgia

Leesburg, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Baltimore, Maryland

Lucedale, Mississippi(2 reports)

Saucier, Mississippi

Cleves, Ohio

Newtown, Pennsylvania

Bluffton, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Abilene, Texas

Austin, Texas

Azle, Texas

Bedias, Texas

Belton, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Jacksonville, Texas

La Porte, Texas

Oakhurst, Texas

Rhome, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Willis, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 17, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Germinating seed this winter for this one, from an out of the blue source :0)


On Aug 4, 2007, lostintexas from Abilene, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have the red version which I guess is more prevalent. First time I saw this plant was this year and loved the leaves on it. Then when I saw the bloom what a bonus. Great plant. Upright growth and shapely leaves and then the blooms are huge and gorgeous.


On Jun 6, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

White version of our beloved Texas Star Hibiscus. The seeds from this variation do indeed, for the most part, bloom white. A few red are found, but they are easy to tell apart long before they bloom. The growing habits and leaves of the alba variety are different from the red. The red variety leaves have a red tinge to the stems and leaves. The alba variety does not. My experience has been that the alba variety has much more side shoots, and thus more flowers, than the red variety. It is also amazingly drought tolerant (as opposed to the red variation) when well established--height here is 7'-9'.