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HIBISCUS moscheutos (Southern Belle Group)

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

HIBISCUS moscheutos( Southern Belle Group)

Plant Common Name

Crimsoneyed Rosemallow, Rosemallow, Southern Belle Group Rosemallow

General Description

The plants in the Southern Belle Group are tall, herbaceous perennials with upright, branching stems, a partly woody base, and enormous red-centered flowers in a range of colors from pure white through pink to red. All are descended from a species native to the eastern U.S. known as the swamp rose mallow Hibiscus moscheutos. The flowers are the size of dinner plates, last for two to three days fully open and are replaced continuously from mid summer until early fall by new flowers from multiple clusters of buds. The flowers tend to face outward, with several fully open at a time from mid-summer to early autumn The plant is upright yet also broadly spreading.

These hardy hibiscuses 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 awaken and send up new stems in spring, responding at last to warm soil and hot weather. In autumn, dead stalks may be cut off after frost to prepare for spring. In mild winter regions, the plants can be pruned back hard or repetitively pinched back for new growth and more flowers. Use Southern Belle cultivars in a perennial bed or border, at the foot of a wall or fence, or as specimen plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 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

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No