Venice Mallow

Biological Name:

Hibiscus trionum (Venice-Mallow)

Natural Habitat:

The Venice-Mallow is native to the wetlands of the southeastern United States, particularly in and around the state of Virginia.


Venice-Mallow also known as Hibiscus is a plant that is native to grassland and prairie regions of North America. It is an annual herb that can grow up to six feet tall and it has large lobed leaves and large showy flowers that are typically white pink or red in color. The plant is known for its ability to attract pollinators

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Where does Venice mallow grow?
A: This broadleaf weed prefers waste areas and often grows in fields, unkept lawns and along railroads and roadsides. Venice Mallow can be found throughout most of the continental United States, with the exception of Mississippi and Nevada.

Q: Do mallow plants come back every year?
A: Mallow Care Must-Knows Most species of this plant are short-lived perennials; others are annuals or biennials, the latter of which will not bloom during the first season after planting.

Q: Are mallow flowers invasive?
A: It’s considered a weed to many gardeners, as it’s a hardy, invasive plant with a deep tap root. Growing to almost 1.5 metres in height, mallow will grow in most types of soil, but prefers free draining, infertile, sandy soils.

Q: Does the mallow plant spread?
A: Caring for Common Mallow in Gardens It grows in sun to part shade. However, it will reseed itself throughout the growing season, and can become a little invasive.

Q: Is Venice mallow a perennial?
A: Hibiscus trionum, commonly called flower-of-an-hour, bladder hibiscus, bladder ketmia, bladder weed, modesty, puarangi, shoofly, and venice mallow, is a short-lived perennial or semi-seen annual plant that flowers for only one day a year.

Q: How long do mallow plants live?
A: Though short-lived (three to four years) hollyhock mallow does self-sow readily in the right conditions, so new volunteer plants crop up year after year. Hollyhock mallow grows quickly, producing flowers in the first summer season after seeds are planted in the early spring or previous fall.

Q: When should you plant a mallow?
A: Tree mallow is best planted in spring but it can also be planted in fall, especially in areas where the winter climate is mild. Choose a sunny and wind-protected spot. Tree mallow loves well drained soil.

Q: Are mallow and hibiscus the same?
A: mallow, any of several flowering plants in the hibiscus, or mallow, family (Malvaceae), especially those of the genera Hibiscus and Malva. Hibiscus species include the great rose mallow (H. grandiflorus), with large white to purplish flowers; the soldier rose mallow (H.

Q: Does mallow like sun or shade?
A: Growing mallow: Malvas are not fussy about soil, and any good garden soil will do. They adapt to dry conditions, but do require full sun or, at best, a bit of shade.

Q: Are mallow plants poisonous?
A: All parts of this plant are edible. The leaves can be added to a salad, the fruit can be a substitute for capers and the flowers can be tossed into a salad. When cooked, the leaves create a mucus very similar to okra and can be used as a thickener to soups and stews. The flavour of the leaves is mild.

Q: What is mallow plant good for?
A: Mallow is used for irritation of the mouth and throat, dry cough, and bronchitis. As a tea it is used for stomach and bladder complaints. Mallow leaves are used as a poultice (a warm moist dressing) to treat open wounds. While for irritations they are laid directly on the skin or added to bathwater.

Q: Is mallow a perennial or annual?
A: A close relative of hollyhock, mallow is an easy-to-grow, short-lived perennial that is easily started from seed.

Q: Does mallow attract bees?
A: Rose Mallow It has 6-8 inch flowers that entice bees and butterflies and are an asset to perennial garden borders. This species of mallow, also known as swamp hibiscus, has become increasingly popular in recent years as a native alternative to tropical hibiscus in warmer growing zones.

Q: What does mallow flower smell like?
A: Varieties of Mallow Flower It blooms continuously from early summer to middle fall. The leaves of this plant smell like musk, especially when you crush them.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.