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Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow

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Introducing the captivating Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow, a stunning addition to any garden landscape. This exquisite hybrid, part of the Hibiscus family, boasts a mesmerizing contrast of matte black foliage against pure white flowers, creating a striking visual display reminiscent of night and day. With its unique color combination, 'Cookies and Cream' stands out as a true gem among garden perennials.

Standing at a mature height of 2 feet 6 inches to 3 feet tall and spreading 3 feet 6 inches to 4 feet wide, this perennial thrives in part sun to sun exposure, making it an ideal choice for various garden settings. Flowering during the summer months, 'Cookies and Cream' offers an extended bloom time, with its blossoms continuing into early fall, providing continuous beauty throughout the growing season.

Not only does this Hibiscus hybrid offer aesthetic appeal, but it also attracts hummingbirds while resisting deer, making it a welcomed addition to wildlife-friendly gardens. Additionally, its native status to North America adds to its allure, contributing to the ecological diversity of the landscape.

Plant Attributes

Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow, a member of the Hibiscus family, offers a captivating blend of attributes that make it a standout choice for garden enthusiasts. With its striking contrast of matte black foliage and pristine white flowers, this perennial creates a visually stunning display reminiscent of night and day. Reaching a mature height of 2 feet 6 inches to 3 feet tall and spreading 3 feet 6 inches to 4 feet wide, 'Cookies and Cream' thrives in part sun to sun exposure, making it adaptable to various garden settings.

Flowering from summer through early fall, this hybrid provides an extended bloom time, ensuring continuous beauty throughout the growing season. Additionally, its ability to attract hummingbirds while resisting deer adds to its appeal, making it a valuable addition to wildlife-friendly landscapes. Native to North America, 'Cookies and Cream' contributes to ecological diversity while enhancing the aesthetic value of any outdoor space. Easy to maintain, it prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil, quickly growing once established.

Whether planted as a border, landscape feature, or specimen plant, Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow promises to elevate gardens with its captivating beauty and effortless charm, thriving in hardiness zones 4 to 9 and bringing joy to landscapes nationwide.

Landscape Use

The Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow offers versatile landscaping uses, enhancing outdoor spaces with its captivating beauty and effortless charm. Here are some suggested landscaping applications for this stunning perennial:

  • Borders: Plant 'Cookies and Cream' along borders to create a striking contrast against other garden plants, adding visual interest and depth to the landscape.
  • Containers: Utilize containers filled with 'Cookies and Cream' to adorn patios, decks, or entrances, bringing a touch of elegance and sophistication to outdoor living spaces.
  • Mass Planting: Planting 'Cookies and Cream' in mass can create a dramatic focal point in the garden, providing a cohesive and eye-catching display of its contrasting foliage and pure white flowers.
  • Wildlife Gardens: Incorporate 'Cookies and Cream' into wildlife-friendly gardens to attract hummingbirds while deterring deer, promoting biodiversity and ecological balance in the landscape.
  • Coastal Exposure: With its adaptability to coastal conditions, 'Cookies and Cream' thrives in seaside gardens, adding beauty and resilience to landscapes exposed to salt spray and coastal winds.
  • Specimen Plant: Showcase the unique beauty of 'Cookies and Cream' as a specimen plant in the garden, allowing its captivating foliage and blossoms to stand out and command attention.
  • Firescaping/Fire Wise: Due to its resistance to deer and attractive foliage, 'Cookies and Cream' can be strategically planted in fire-wise landscapes to enhance fire resistance while adding aesthetic appeal.
  • Erosion Control: Plant 'Cookies and Cream' on slopes or areas prone to erosion to help stabilize the soil and prevent erosion, while also adding beauty and interest to the landscape.

With its adaptability and ornamental value, Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow offers endless possibilities for enhancing and beautifying garden landscapes. Whether used in borders, containers, mass plantings, or wildlife gardens, this stunning perennial is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow is relatively straightforward, ensuring that this stunning perennial thrives and continues to grace your garden with its beauty. Here are some planting and care tips:


  • Choose a location in your garden that receives part sun to full sun exposure, as this will help bring out the deepest color in the foliage.
  • Ensure the soil is moist and well-drained before planting. If the soil is heavy or clay-like, consider amending it with organic matter to improve drainage.
  • Dig a hole slightly larger than the plant's root ball and place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, gently firming it around the roots, and water thoroughly to settle the soil.


  • Once established, Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow is relatively drought-tolerant. However, it's essential to water newly planted specimens regularly to help them establish a strong root system.
  • During periods of extreme heat or drought, provide supplemental watering to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.


  • Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring, just as new growth begins to emerge, to encourage healthy growth and abundant flowering.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and methods, and avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of flowers.


  • 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow typically leafs out late in spring but grows quickly once it starts growing.
  • To encourage bushy growth and maximize flowering, consider cutting the plant back in spring before new growth appears. This will also help maintain its compact form and prevent it from becoming leggy.

Pest and Disease Control:

  • Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for common garden pests like aphids or Japanese beetles, and treat them promptly if necessary.
  • Providing good air circulation around the plant and avoiding overhead watering can help prevent fungal diseases.

By following these planting and care guidelines, you can ensure that your Summerific® 'Cookies and Cream' Rose Mallow thrives and continues to beautify your garden with its stunning foliage and flowers.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Grass
  • Watering Needs: Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: PAN-ih-kum vir-GA-tum
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Average Landscape Size: Fast growing; reaches 3-4’ tall and 1.5-2’ wide, in bloom.
  • Special Features: Border, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
  • Dramatic Foliage: Striking Fall Color
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Blooms: Summer
  • Flower Color: Red
  • Flower Attributes: Showy Flowers
  • Garden Style: Contemporary, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Great upright grass for prairie and meadow gardens or for small patches within thematic wild gardens. Add a modern architectural twist by planting in rows and grids. Insert into native plant landscapes as well as traditional xeriscape compositions or plant in mass for a drift of almost year-round color. Perfect near water gardens or terraced patios where the breeze causes the airy plumes to sway gracefully.
  • Companion Plants: Bluebird, Raydon’s Favorite, Firework, Standing Ovation

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