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Abelmoschus manihot (Sunset Muskmallow)

Sunset Muskmallow, Sunset Hibiscus, Sweet Hibiscus, Edible Hibiscus, Manihot-Mallow, Hibiscus manihot


Fast growing, Abelmoschus manihot (Sunset Muskmallow) is a tropical perennial often grown as an annual in temperate climate areas. It forms a bushy clump of magnificent palmate, dissected leaves, 4 in. across (10 cm), each adorned with 5-7 deep lobes. Large pale yellow flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), adorned with a contrasting dark purple eye bloom from mid-summer to fall. Attractive to butterflies and other pollinators, they are followed by green, hairy seed pods. But even without these gorgeous blooms, this plant is worth growing for its palmately divided, deep green leaves. The leaves and flower buds can be served raw or cooked.

  • Typically grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Needs regular fertilization and irrigation for best performance.
  • Plant in beds and borders, containers, wall-side borders, cottage gardens for dramatic summer blooms.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, slugs, snails, white flies and powdery mildew. Deer resistant.
  • Cut back stems as they finish flowering.
  • Propagate by seed, or by softwood cuttings in early summer.
  • Native of southeastern Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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