Iliamna remota (Kankakee Mallow)
Iliamna remota is one of the rarest of American native plants, discovered on Langham Island in the Kankakee River in Illinois in 1872 where it still grows today. This beautiful clump-forming native grows from four to six feet high, with large (2.5 inches) apple-blossom pink, five-petaled aromatic flowers and large, maple-like leaves. The individual flowers are short lived, but the plant has a long, sustained blooming period of nearly two months in summer, followed by seed pods. It grows in full sun to partial shade in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in Zones 4-6. This rarity is easy to grow and tolerates heat and humidity. Limited. Quarts.