Hibiscus is one of the Greek names for the Mallows. The species are for the most part showy, and easily cultivated; the flower is Mallows or Hollyhock shaped.

Hibiscus militaries. - Halbert-leaved Hibiscus. - This is a fine species; growing six to eight feet high; producing very large white flowers, with a deep-red centre. In August and September.

H palustris, - Marsh Hibiscus, - is found growing in some parts of New England, by the sides of streams; it has large pink flowers. The height and habits are like the last. They are easily propagated from seeds or divisions of the root. They succeed in any good garden soil; but flourish better in a moist low ground. It is well adapted for planting in the shrubbery.