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Hardy Hibiscus

Botanical Name
Hibiscus moscheutos
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
9
Height
3 to 8 feet, most are about 5 feet
Width
2 to 4 feet
Flowers
Midsummer to frost: 6 to 12 inches; red, white, pink, bicolor
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist to wet, high in organic matter
Planting & Care
  • Leaves may scorch in dry soils
  • Pinch back growing tips when they reach 8 inches and again at 12 inches if fuller growth is desired
  • New growth is slow to emerge in spring
  • Does well along ponds or streams
Problems
Japanese beetles, leaf spot, canker, rust, blight, aphids, whitefly, scale
Varieties
  • Luna Red - 2 to 3 feet, deep burgundy red flowers measure 6 to 8 inches
  • Lord Baltimore - 4 to 5 feet, red flowers up to 10 inches
  • Pink Elephant - 12 inch medium pink flowers sport a deep red eye

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