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HIBISCUS (CANDIDE™)

Image of Hibiscus 'Joles' (CANDIDE™) PPAF

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

HIBISCUS 'Joles'(CANDIDE™) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Candide™ Hibiscus, Hybrid Hardy Hibiscus

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The Candide™ hardy hibiscus is an audacious plant that is the result of extensive hybridization. This semi-woody perennial has mid- to dark green toothed leaves. It's a long-blooming plant that flowers from midsummer to frost, longer if in a subtropical garden. The exceptional flowers are often as large as a volleyball, each with five pale blue-lavender petals. Petal bases blush deep red. Individual flowers last one to two days, and several dozen may open on one plant at a time. Frost ends flowering and causes leaf drop, while a hard freeze kills the plant to the ground, ready to regrow from the crown in spring once soil warms.

‘Joles' needs full to partial sun and rich to average soil for best growth and flowering. It is cold hardy, tolerant of heat and moist soil and resistant to most insect pests, but not Japanese beetles. Like many herbaceous hibiscus, it is a warm-season plant that is slow to emerge in spring, so it is important to warm the soil around it by pulling back any mulch at its crown. Use Candide™ hardy hibiscus as an accent in the rear of the mixed perennial border or as an informal screening row. Deer will not browse on hardy hibiscus plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Dark Red, Light Blue, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No