The Mallow or Hibiscus Family

Has 85 genera with over 1,500 species of herbaceous perennials and shrubs.

Flowering Maple
Okra
Velvetleaf
Hollyhock
Rose of Sharon
 
 
Poppy Mallow
Floss Silk Tree
Silk Tree
Upland Cotton
Hibiscus
Balkan Mallow
Tree Mallow
Mallow
Wax Mallow
Glade Mallow
Shaving Brush Tree
Checkermallow
Virginia Mallow
Ceasar Weed

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.

 

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