The Q&A Archives: hybiscus

Question: I have hybiscus bushes in garden city, south carolina. Are they perennial. The stems snap as if they were dead so we pulled them up and threw them away. Were we wrong and they were alive and would they have bloomed later in the summer?

Answer: There are two kinds of hibiscus: tropical and perennial. Tropical hibiscus has glossy tender leaves; perennial hibiscus has dull green leaves. Tropical hibiscus will not tolerate temperatures below about 35F but perennial hibiscus will. Since you've already removed the plants, and if you'd like to grow hibiscus, choose the perennial type - often called Rose of Sharon.

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