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HIBISCUS rosa-sinensis 'Painted Lady'

Image of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Painted Lady'

James Burghardt

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

HIBISCUS rosa-sinensis 'Painted Lady'

Plant Common Name

Painted Lady Tropical Hibiscus, Queen-of-the-tropics., Tropical Hibiscus

General Description

The tropical hibiscus 'Painted Lady' freely produces windmill-like, rosy red-pink blossoms with a dark red center. Each petal is oval, slightly wavy edged or smooth and has a pink middle area from which pale pink veins emanate outward, and a dark red base. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is an evergreen shrub that originates from China, and 'Painted Lady' is a hybrid derived from two cultivated varieties. This tropical hibiscus is vigorous and blooms well over an extended period of time.

The glossy leaves of 'Painted Lady' are mid- to dark green and broadly oval to heart-shaped. The flowers are small (considered miniature by hibiscus standards), radial and broad. In the dark red center there is a long floral column that gradates from red to cream under the bottlebrush of yellow stamens and orange stigmas, adding extra flare.

Tropical hibiscus is heat tolerant, excelling in full to partial sun and acidic to neutral, fertile soil with good drainage. Very poor and alkaline soils lead to nutrient deficiencies. Remove spent flowers' developing green seed capsules to promote continual production of new blossoms. Tropical hibiscus is a garden staple in both tropical and temperate landscapes. This vibrant, upright growing, sometimes leggy cultivar can be grown in sunny mixed borders and foundation beds, as an informal hedge or in large containers that can be moved indoors to overwinter if needed. The short floral stem can be cut and placed in water to enjoy the open flower for one day.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No