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Hibiscus acetosella 'Panama Red' (Red-Leaf Hibiscus)

Red-Leaf Hibiscus 'Panama Red', False Roselle 'Panama Red', African Rose Mallow 'Panama Red', Hibiscus 'Panama Red', 'Panama Red' Hibiscus, Hibiscus acetosella 'Panama Red' PP20121


Fast growing, Hibiscus acetosella 'Panama Red' (Red-Leaf Hibiscus) is a compact, tropical herbaceous perennial, primarily grown for its remarkably beautiful, burgundy-red, deeply cut foliage. As decorative as the leaves of Japanese maples, the evergreen leaves are held facing outwards on long stalks and retain their rich, carmine-red color through even the hottest days. From late summer to fall, bright red, funnel-shaped flowers are infrequently produced. Bred for the hot and humid gardens of the South, 'Panama Red' is ideal for edible landscaping as both the foliage and flowers adds color and flavor to salads.

  • Typically grows up to 4 ft. tall (120 cm) with a spread of 2 ft. (60 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in well-drained soils. Apply a balanced fertilizer each spring and summer
  • Fairly pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Plant in mixed borders or large containers.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 9, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 9, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers

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