Posted on Thursday, 3/25
Have you ever been on a lake boat and seen gorgeous flowers out in the water with beautiful blooms on them?
The tall and slender plants produce gorgeous white blooms with pink or red centers that look like bulls-eyes.
These are called Hibiscus Laevis, otherwise known as a water hibiscus, gorgeous water or wetland plant that needs to be enjoyed quickly because the blooms only last 1-2 days before they wilt and fall off. The Hibiscus closes in the shade or at night. Then, the full sun opens up and produces a gorgeous bloom. Hibiscus laevis blooms in large colonies in marshy areas from late July to September.
They are becoming harder to find out in the wild because they grow well in muddy, marshy areas where the mud settles, and deposits are increasingly less due to overpopulation and people taking over areas with houses and other products. This perennial flower native to central and eastern North America has blooms that can open up to 15cm and need direct sunlight exposure to its full potential.
The stems are hairless and frequently grow up to 2 m tall and sometimes even taller. The blooming period can occur from mid-summer to early fall and lasts about a month. The Hibiscus reseeds itself, and the stalks die in the winter, allowing them to grow back in the spring. The plant likes full or partial sun and very moist conditions; they like clay, sand, and wet soil.
They grow well in ponds, streams, lakes, and marshy areas. Waterfowl and Bobwhite quail eat the Hibiscus seeds, so they don’t just look pretty. They are also a staple part of the environment. The Hibiscus Laevis is a beautiful plant, especially if you live near water to give you some added color. It is a gorgeous plant that adds a tremendous touch of color when it is in bloom. We live near several lakes, and I love going down near the lake when the Hibiscus or water Hibiscus is in full bloom. I love watching them hover there over the water and watch all the spring life of butterflies and dragonflies migrate to this gorgeous plant. I like to dig a little piece of the plant up, take it back to my home, and plant it in a water container so I can watch it grow in my yard. It is breathtaking.