The flowers from this shrub can be 6-8 inches across. They have five petals and each blossom only lasts a day, but the shrub continues to produce new flowers throughout the summer and fall.
Because of the resemblance of the flower to the five-pointed star that is the symbol of Texas, in this state the plant generally goes by the name of Texas Star, but it has several others. Swamp hibiscus is the name by which it is most familiarly known throughout most of its range. It is also called scarlet rose mallow or scarlet hibiscus.
These last two names refer, of course, to the red variety of the plant, which is the most common, but there is also a white variety, Hibiscus coccineus 'Alba.'
|When the red ones do bloom, this is what they look like. This is a bloom from last year.|