Zones: 4 to 10
Size: 4 to 6' tall, 3 to 4' wide
Growth Rate: Fast
Pointed, halberd-shaped leaves, 3 lobes. Pink/white flowers with a deep pink to red throat in summer. Stems reddish and glabrous. 5 hairless green sepals. Needs moisture but an irrigated garden bed should be good enough.
Native to the southern US along streams and in wet areas.
First published in Auct. Syn. Meth. Stirp. Hort. Regii Taur. 31 in 1773.
Synonym Hibiscus militaris Cav.
- Hibiscus acetosella Welw. ex Hiern
- Hibiscus aculeatus Walter
- Hibiscus coccineus Walter
- Hibiscus dasycalyx S.F.Blake & Shiller
- Hibiscus grandiflorus Michx.
- Hibiscus grandiflorus Salisb.
- Hibiscus heterophyllus Vent.
- Hibiscus lasiocarpus Cav.
- Hibiscus moscheutos L.
- Hibiscus mutabilis L.
- Hibiscus paramutabilis L.H.Bailey
- Hibiscus pruriens Andrews
- Hibiscus syriacus L.
- Hibiscus x 'Tosca'
I purchased seed from GeorgiaVines.com in March 2011 and sowed some in seed starting mix in a mini-greenhouse in the kitchen window. The plants were potted up gradually and left outside in pots from May on. I planted one in the Pool Lawn Border in summer 2011 and in spring 2012 it grew to 2' tall and wide. By 2014 it was 5' tall and 4' wide. In autumn 2014 I moved it to the Around The Pool garden.