The Q&A Archives: New Growth Of "simple Love" Hardy Hibiscus

Question: I planted three "Simple Love" Hibiscus last year. They told me at the nursery where I bought them that they were hardy. It has short sprawling growth and the flower is pale yellow with a deep purple center, approximately 2" in diameter. My large hardy hibiscus plants are sending up stems of new growth as is normal. Around the areas where the "Simple Love" hibiscus were planted, there are lots of small two leafed growth coming up. Are you familiar with this type and could this be how this type comes up?

Answer: Unfortunately I have not found any references to a hibiscus "Simple Love" or to a cultivated hardy perennial hibiscus with yellow blooms.

Is it possible that you bought Hibiscus aculeatus, a perennial wildflower native to the southern gulf states from Texas to Florida and north into North Carolina. This plant is rated hardy in zones 7 to 9 and requires a very moist soil. There is a photo of the flower at the following web page. (You may need to cut and paste the url to make it work right.)

If this is the case, I would not expect it to be perennial for you but if it managed to survive the winter it might be delayed in coming up this spring. You might also want to check back with the supplier and ask them what you might realistically expect. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

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