Salt Marsh Mallow  Kosteletzkya virginica

The Salt Marsh Mallow, also known as the Seashore Mallow, is a perennial herb found in salt, brackish, and fresh water marshes and ditches.  It is a tall, branched plant that can grow to a height of 5 or 6 feet.  The stems are thin and have elongated diamond-shaped leaves with toothed margins.  The underside is whitish with downy hairs.  The pink to deep pink flowers have five petals surrounding a central column with fused stamens. They usually bloom in the summer and fall.  They provide attractive nectar sources for a wide variety of butterflies and insects.  These images were taken at the Caloosahatchee Park in Lee County in June, 2001.

The distribution maps for the Salt Marsh Mallow are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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