Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 24 taxa in the family Malvaceae, Mallow family, as understood by Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Common Name: High Mallow, Common Mallow, Cheeses
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Malva sylvestris   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malva sylvestris   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Malva sylvestris 122-01-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in pastures, roadsides, barnyards

Rare

Non-native: Europe

 


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Common Name: Common Mallow, Cheeses
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Malva neglecta   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malva neglecta   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Malva neglecta 122-01-002   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in pastures, roadsides, barnyards

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Marsh Mallow, Musk Mallow, Rose Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Malva moschata   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malva moschata   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Malva moschata 122-01-003   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in pastures, roadsides, barnyards

Rare

Non-native: Europe

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Hollyhock
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Alcea rosea   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Alcea rosea   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Althaea rosea 122-02-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in dumps (frequently cultivated, less commonly escaped or persistent)

Rare

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Carolina Bristlemallow, Bristly-mallow, Carolina Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Modiola caroliniana   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Modiola caroliniana   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Modiola caroliniana 122-03-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in lawns, roadsides, disturbed areas, pondshores

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont

Non-native (probably): South America (the original distribution unclear)

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Prickly Fanpetals, Prickly Sida, Prickly Mallow, False-mallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Sida spinosa   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sida spinosa   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sida spinosa 122-05-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, wet fields

Common

Non-native: Tropics

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Arrowleaf Sida, Diamondleaf Fanpetal, Cuban Jute
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Sida rhombifolia var. rhombifolia   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Sida rhombifolia   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sida rhombifolia 122-05-003   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, in fields, gardens, disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Non-native: Old World tropics?

 


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camera icon Common Name: Coastal Plain Sida, Elliott's Fanpetals
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Sida elliottii var. elliottii   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Sida elliottii   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sida elliottii 122-05-004   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it on stream banks, sandy openings, pineland pond margins, limestone glades and barrens, mesic hammocks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Velvetleaf, Indian Mallow, Butterprint
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Abutilon theophrasti   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Abutilon theophrasti   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Abutilon theophrastii 122-06-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Non-native: south Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Seashore Mallow, Seashore Marshmallow, Virginia Saltmarsh Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Kosteletzkya pentacarpos   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Kosteletzkya virginica   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Kosteletskya virginica 122-07-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in brackish to freshwater tidal marshes

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Rose-of-Sharon, Althea
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus syriacus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus syriacus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus syriacus 122-08-001   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it where it is escaped or persistent after cultivation, often spreading by rhizomes

Uncommon

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Swamp Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Wild Cotton
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus moscheutos   FAMILY: Malvaceae
(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus moscheutos   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus moscheutos + 122-08-002   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamps, river sandbars

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Western Rosemallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus lasiocarpos   FAMILY: Malvaceae
(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus lasiocarpos   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamps

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Halberdleaf Rosemallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rosemallow, Showy Hibiscus
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus laevis   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus laevis   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus militaris 122-08-003   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in freshwater marshes, exposed riverbanks, sandbars

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Savanna Hibiscus, Comfort-root, Pineland Hibiscus
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus aculeatus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus aculeatus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus aculeatus 122-08-004   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in pine savannas, dry sandy or loamy soils of maritime forest edges

Common (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Flower-of-an-hour
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus trionum   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus trionum   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hibiscus trionum 122-08-005   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in fields, roadsides, railroad yards, disturbed areas

Rare in GA-NC-SC

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Scarlet Rosemallow, Scarlet Hibiscus, Swamp Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus coccineus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus coccineus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamp forests, roadside swales, cultivated as an ornamental in yards

Rare

Native to Georgia, presumably introduced in the Carolinas?

 


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camera icon Common Name: Large-flowered Hibiscus, Swamp Rose Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hibiscus grandiflorus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hibiscus grandiflorus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in tidal marshes, lakeshores, wet flatwoods & savannas

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wax Mallow, Turk's-cap Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Malvaviscus drummondii   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Rare, as well as waif(s)

Native: Texas & northern Mexico

 


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camera icon Common Name: Okra, Gumbo
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Abelmoschus esculentus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Abelmoschus esculentus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in gardens (rarely persistent or self-seeding the year following)

Common (in cultivation), rare (as an escape)

Non-native: Africa

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wax Mallow
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) -   FAMILY: Malvaceae
PLANTS National Database: Malvaviscus arboreus var. arboreus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Non-native

 


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Common Name: Turk’s-cap Mallow, Mazapan
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Malvaviscus penduliflorus   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Malvaviscus penduliflorus   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Rare

Non-native: tropical America

 


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camera icon Common Name: Palmleaf Poppy-mallow
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Callirhoe pedata   FAMILY: Malvaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Callirhoe pedata   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it in occasionally mowed roadside and adjacent powerline right-of-way, with other species of calcareous prairie habitats

Rare in GA

Native west of GA-NC-SC, plausibly native to GA or perhaps only adventive

 


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camera icon Common Name: Upland Cotton
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Gossypium hirsutum   FAMILY: Malvaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Gossypium hirsutum var. hirsutum   FAMILY: Malvaceae

 

Look for it . It is a frequently cultivated crop, especially in sandy soils of the Coastal Plain

Rarely adventive or a waif

Non-native: Central & South America, the West Indies, south Florida

 


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