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Name: Karen Luxton
Greater Sacramento area, Ca
karenlin91
Dec 13, 2015 8:51 AM CST
This is so weird. I had a hibiscus with a clear yellow flower. For Thanksgiving I picked one for a centerpiece with persimmons from our tree. The bright orange flower went perfect with the persimmons and some fall tree branches. I really didn't realize until I went back thru some pics on my phone that I picked that bright orange flower from a plant that was yellow flowered all summer. Every flower on it had turned orange. Is this a normal thing? I met a girl at a garage sale who said her's had done the same thing.
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Dec 13, 2015 8:54 AM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants, @karenlin91 !

I don't have any knowledge about growing hibiscus, but I'm sure someone will be able to help you out -- maybe Jay ( @horntoad ) ?
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Name: Greene
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greene
Dec 13, 2015 9:00 AM CST
I don't want to send folks off-site...so I won't...but if you Google the question "Why did my Hibiscus change color?" you may find the explanation. It has something to do with response to light and temperature.
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Horntoad
Dec 13, 2015 10:25 AM CST
Here's a good explanation. http://www.hiddenvalleyhibiscus.com/misc/colors.htm
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Xeramtheum
Dec 13, 2015 10:30 AM CST
That's quite normal for flowers from the same plant to change color. Flower colors are made with enzymes and the enzymes react/metabolize differently to different temperatures and light affecting color saturation and patterning. A really good example of how temperature and light affect flower colors are tropical hibiscus .. the first picture is what Cherry Appaloosa looks like during the growing season and the 2nd picture is what it looks like during winter .. you can see that it's totally lost the white patterning.

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Name: Karen Luxton
Greater Sacramento area, Ca
karenlin91
Dec 13, 2015 11:16 AM CST
Thank You! Thank you to all who answered my question. I can stop worrying and just enjoy waiting to see what my hisbiscus may do next ;-)
Name: Greene
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greene
Dec 13, 2015 11:18 AM CST
Post lots of photos. We love to see pictures! Thumbs up
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Name: Karen Luxton
Greater Sacramento area, Ca
karenlin91
Dec 13, 2015 11:39 AM CST
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Ok, here's the plant that was driving me crazy

Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Dec 13, 2015 10:46 PM CST
What a neat arrangement. Thumbs up
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DavidLMO
Dec 14, 2015 12:13 AM CST
I have a Hot Lips Salvia that may be all white, all pink or some coloration in between and sometimes pink & white at the same time. It will vary based on several factors, but temperature and humidity are certainly factors.
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bhart90
Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM CST
karenlin91 said:This is so weird. I had a hibiscus with a clear yellow flower. For Thanksgiving I picked one for a centerpiece with persimmons from our tree. The bright orange flower went perfect with the persimmons and some fall tree branches. I really didn't realize until I went back thru some pics on my phone that I picked that bright orange flower from a plant that was yellow flowered all summer. Every flower on it had turned orange. Is this a normal thing? I met a girl at a garage sale who said her's had done the same thing.



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Same plant,ironically fro HVH.com 8 months apart
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Name: Karen Luxton
Greater Sacramento area, Ca
karenlin91
Jan 29, 2016 11:42 AM CST
Kind of a gift in a way......rainbow plants ;-)

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