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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Fireball' (Hardy Hibiscus)

Hardy Hibiscus 'Fireball', Swamp Rose Mallow 'Fireball', Hibiscus 'Fireball', Perennial Hibiscus 'Fireball', Rose Mallow 'Fireball'


Hibiscus moscheutos 'Fireball' (Hardy Hibiscus) is an intriguing bushy shrub 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 lushious purple colour, 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 or part shade in average, medium to wet soils. Prefers moist, organically rich soils but is drought tolerant once established. Tolerant of heat and humidity. Site in locations protected from wind to minimize the risk of wind burn.
  • Fairly pest and disease free. Watch for leaf spots, blights, rusts, canker and Japanese beetles. Deer resistant.
  • Plant in shrub borders for dramatic summer blooms. Great flowering shrub along streams or ponds or in large containers.
  • Cut back stems to approximately 3-4 in. in late autumn (7-10 cm). Plants will benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 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 Shrubs
Plant Family Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams

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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 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 2A, 2B, 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 Shrubs
Plant Family Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams

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