HIBISCUS rosa-sinensis 'Be My Valentine'
Plant Common Name
Be My Valentine Hibiscus, Queen-of-the-tropics., Tropical Hibiscus
The large, satiny blooms of 'Be My Valentine' are bubblegum pink with red centers and ivory veins and edges. The petals are overlapping and ruffled for extra appeal. This New Zealand introduction has crisp green foliage and reaches a medium height when mature. It is a fast grower that blooms modestly all year-round.
Tropical hibiscus has spectacular flowers which give credence one of its common names, queen-of-the-tropics. This tender evergreen shrub to small tree originates from southern China, though it is now believed to be extinct in the wild. Wild-type plants were red flowered, large and shrubby.
Everblooming and vigorous, tropical hibiscus has glossy green leaves and produces large, disc-shaped flowers. In the center of each bold bloom is a bottlebrush of yellow anthers topped with a five-parted, spider-like stigma. The fruit is a capsule. Remove the spent flowers and the developing seed capsules to promote production of new blossoms.
This tough shrub is heat tolerant and prefers full sun and mildly acid to neutral, well-drained soil. Very poor, alkaline soils lead to nutrient deficiencies which cause leaf yellowing. Blooming occurs on new wood, so annual pruning is best done in early spring to allow the shrub to rejuvenate in the beginning of the season. Pest and disease problems are minimal. This is a garden staple in both tropical and temperate landscapes. Tropical hibiscus makes a wonderful container specimen where not hardy. In frost free zones it is favored for landscape and foundation plantings.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 15
H1, H2, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m
4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m
Hybrid Origin, China
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns