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HIBISCUS (CORDIAL SERIES)

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Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

HIBISCUS( CORDIAL SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Hardy Hibiscus

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General Description

The Cordial Series of hardy hibiscus is a collection of hybrid plants, all with softball-sized single flowers that last for 3-4 days. Leaves gently resemble maple leaves and are green, although some have purple coloration. Flower colors range from pink to red and reddish purple. Plant growth is upright yet also broadly spreading, yet quite compact.

These hybrid hardy hibiscus should be planted in full sun in any average garden soil. Avoid highly alkaline and dry soils for best plant performance. They are slow to emerge with new growth in spring, as they require soil warmth and hot weather to really prosper. Dead stalks may be cut off after frost. In mild winter regions, the plants can be pruned back hard or repetitively pinched back for new growth and more flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Yellow Green, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No