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HIBISCUS moscheutos 'Turn of the Century'

Image of Hibiscus moscheutos 'Turn of the Century'

James H. Schutte

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

HIBISCUS moscheutos 'Turn of the Century'

Plant Common Name

Crimsoneyed Rosemallow, Rosemallow, Turn of the Century Rosemallow

General Description

This hardy hibiscus, ‘Turn of the Century,' is a tall, shrubby, herbaceous perennial with upright, branching stems, a partly woody base, and enormous flowers. A selection of a species native to the eastern U.S., it blooms with pink flowers the size of dinner plates that last for two to three days and are replaced continuously from mid summer to frost by new flowers from multiple clusters of buds. The flowers are red-centered and blush in an eye-catching way with several shades of pink from near-white to deep pink The plant is upright yet also broadly spreading and the flowers tend to face outward, with several fully open at a time.

Plant ‘Turn of the Century’ in full sun in moist, well-drained soil. Avoid highly alkaline and dry soils. It is slow to awaken and sprout new stems in spring, waiting for warm soil and warm days, but then grows quickly. In autumn, cut down the dead stalks after frost. In mild winter regions, the plants can be pruned back hard or repetitively pinched back for new growth and more flowers. Use ‘Turn of the Century’at the back of a perennial bed or border, at the foot of a wall or fence, or as an accent plant. It also thrives in low and wet spots, and beside streams and ponds.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 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

  • Height

    6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • 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