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!