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Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Fireball’ (Hardy Hibiscus)

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Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Fireball’ (Hardy Hibiscus) is an intriguing bushy perennial noted for its abundant, velvety, bright red flowers. Blooming continuously from mid to late summer, the gigantic flowers, 10 in. across (25 cm), are adorned with a small, darker eye and conspicuous, protruding, creamy-white to pale yellow tubes of stamens. Each flower lasts about 1-2 days, but new flowers open each day in rapid succession until late in the season. But even without these gorgeous blooms, this plant is worth growing for the deeply dissected, maple-like leaves which emerge green, and mature to a luscious purple color, but they do need full sun to develop the color fully.

  • Typically grows with an upright habit, up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, medium to wet soils. Tolerates some light shade but best flower production and disease resistance occur in full sun. Tolerant to heat and humidity.
  • Prefers consistently moist, organically rich soils. Keeping this hibiscus watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. 
  • Site in locations protected from wind to minimize the risk of wind burn.
  • Plant in perennial borders for dramatic summer blooms. Great along streams or ponds, in bog gardens, or in rain gardens.
  • Keep an eye out for blight, canker, rust, leaf spots, aphids, scale, whiteflies, and Japanese beetle. Deer resistant.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to maintain a neat appearance.
  • Cut down in spring before new growth appears.
  • It is best to plant Hibiscus in the garden before the heat of the summer arrives, and should be heavily mulched the first winter.
  • Hibiscus moscheutos is native to marshes, swamps, moist meadows, and woods from Ontario and Massachusetts south to Ohio, Indiana, Alabama and Florida.

Hardy Hibiscus: How to Plant, Grow and Care


Prized for their huge, flamboyant flowers, hardy perennial hibiscus add an exotic, tropical punch to the garden. Though they conjure up images of the tropics, they can withstand cold winter temperatures as low as -30°F (-34°C).

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malvaceae
Genus Hibiscus
Common names Hibiscus, Marsh Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus, Rose Mallow
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Patio And Containers, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
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Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (Rose Mallow)
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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malvaceae
Genus Hibiscus
Common names Hibiscus, Marsh Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus, Rose Mallow
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Patio And Containers, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
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