This flower is locally called “wild hibiscus”.
The book I use as for identification is Wildflowers of Louisiana and Adjoining States (out of print). It says this flower is from the “mallow family”.
This Web site calls them “rose mallow” or “swamp mallow”.
So, those of you who had any of the above words in your guess were entered in a drawing. Your names were placed in a basket, and one of my sons drew a name.
And the winner is . . . .Heather!!!!!
Heather, do you want pecans or scarlet sage seeds?
Thanks for playing, everyone. Now you know the name of one more of our lovely native flowers.
I am waiting for the cold front to arrive so I can do my holiday baking and invite you into my kitchen via photos of our annual Gingerbread Bayou People Bake-a-thon!
Come back soon!
Yea! I’d like the seeds!
Congratulations! I will mail them to you!
I think it was rigged!!!
I’m sorry you feel that way, Choup. So email your mailing address and I’ll send you your consolation prize for sore losers!!!!!
I have this flower in my yard in the summer time. I was suprised that there are several different variations of mallow with different growth patterns too.
Isn’t it neat how we learn from one another? How did you find me? Thanks for commenting, RR! Please come back any time! I will go pay you a visit now.
One of these just showed up in my backyard this morning. Very lovely! Where in Louisiana are you? I’m in St. Tammany Parish, north of Lake Pontchartrain.
Hi Lana, and welcome to the bayou! I am in lower Terrebonne Parish. The bayou on which I live runs to the Gulf of Mexico! Thanks for stopping by, now I’ll go see you!
Hello. I’m link hopping from over on Lana’s blog. After I read your post, the first thing I thought was “That woman sure has a long time to wait for a cold front.” Then, I looked at the post date. Doh! Sometimes I’m a little slow.
Anyhow… I enjoyed your rose mallow photo and hope your holiday baking went well last December.
That’s funny!!! Thanks for coming by, Marvin, and come back anytime. There’s always something going on down the bayou!