Hibiscus 'Valentine's Crush' (Rose Mallow)
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Hibiscus 'Valentine's Crush' (Rose Mallow)

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Hibiscus 'Valentine's Crush' (Rose Mallow) is an upright, columnar, herbaceous perennial with extremely large, brilliant red flowers, up to 7-8 in. across (17-20 cm). The eye-catching blossoms open from abundant flower buds which cover the plant all the way up the stems, making it flower for much longer than most Hibiscus. Blooming continuously from mid to late summer, each flower lasts about one day and stands out against the foliage of large, ovate leaves. In full sun, the leaves take a lovely dark bronze cast. Excellent at brightening up end of season gardens, this hardy hibiscus is a perfect backdrop or centerpiece for a sunny border.

  • Typically grows up to 5 ft. tall (150 cm) and 3.5 ft. wide (96 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.
  • 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.

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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 Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 40" – 48" (100cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
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
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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
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 Hibiscus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 40" – 48" (100cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
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
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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