Hibiscus ‘Plum Fantasy’, Hardy Hibiscus,
Rose Mallow, zones 4-10
This 2013 introduction from Walters is incredibly floriferous setting buds at the top 6-7 nodes up the stems (compared with the average of 3-4). Lipstick red buds open to 8-9” magenta-red flowers with a deeper eye and red stamen. The texture of the petals is unique. Petals are distinctly puckered and crinkled giving the flowers additional dimension. The dark green foliage takes on a hint of greyed purple in the fall. The plant forms an upright rounded clump. A fantastic specimen plant or focal point in the sunny border. Will tolerate average to wet conditions in full sun. Dies back completely to the ground in winter, but new growth is slow to appear in spring, be patient! A thick mulch for the first winter is recommended, especially in Zones 4 and 5.
Sun Exposure: full sun
Soil type: clay, amended with organic matter
Soil PH: acidic
Soil Moisture: moist to wet well drained. (keep it watered for best blooms)
Care level: medium (mulch heavily and fertilize in fall) (frequent deadheading to keep them looking tidy)(may need some staking in exposed or windy sites)
Flower color: magenta-red
Bloom time: midsummer to mid fall
Foliage Color: green flushed with purple
Uses and Characteristics: specimen, back of border, waterside, screening, foundation planting, large container, deer resistant, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, heat and humidity lover, large plant.
Flower head size: very large
Height: 120-150 cm (47-59 inches) up to 5’ Width: 120-150 cm (47-59 inches) up to 5’
Growth Rate: fast
Propagation: Seldom need division. But if you want to divide them do so in spring. Stem cuttings in summer.
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