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Talking about Hawaiian White Hibiscus (Hibiscus arnottianus) on October 21, psa wrote:

H. arnottianus blooms heavily, and the flowers sometimes have a faint, pleasant scent. This hibiscus is tougher and faster growing than the fancy large-flowered hybrids, but slower than some of the other species. Remarkably tolerant of temperatures down to freezing for short periods. Well-suited to growing in a container, but I would recommend 5 gallons+.
Talking about Red-Leaf Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) on September 30, GrowInFlorida wrote:

if you have an iguana problem, do not plant this hibiscus in the iguana-prone areas. They love this plant and will eat it to the bone (same as moringa). This is a very tasty plant for them. You can try to wrap the stalk in foil - it might scare them, iguanas don't like shiny reflective surfaces - but having foil hanging out in your yard can look unsightly. Mine was grown hydroponically and was pretty happy about it, so a water feature is also a good idea for this hibiscus. It's now grown in a group of alocasias and colocasias in soil with wet feet and is enjoying it immensely. Wilts if there is too much sun, so better put it in partial shade away from iguanas.
Talking about Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Midnight Frolic') on September 29, Julieamargetts wrote:

I am wondering how i could purchase this spectacular plant
Talking about Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) on September 17, robertduval14 wrote:

National flower of South Korea.
Talking about Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) on September 17, robertduval14 wrote:

The national flower of Malaysia.
Talking about Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) on September 17, Bluespiral wrote:

Have followed Bubbles over to this page, and if it's okay I'd like to add a "flowers-in-art" portrayal of this species. When I first saw this, I thought the artist must have used digital techniques, but it seems he actually used the ancient method and materials of Chinese black and colored inks on paper via brush-stroke technique -

Zou Chouan'an, b1941 native of Xinhua county, Hunan province, Hibiscus mutabilis ?2005
-- Hibiscus mutabilis is included among other flowers on the above webpage.

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Talking about Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'El Capitolio') on June 29, merkity wrote:

I believe the picture for this plant is incorrect. in the International hibiscus Society genealogical database - the red version is classified as the main version ( no bloody mary label), the salmon color is a sport - and every other variation is not currently registered.
Talking about Crimsoneyed Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos subsp. moscheutos) on May 31, Natalie wrote:

The foliage may be used as a butterfly larval host by Hairstreaks, Blues, Coppers, and others.
Talking about Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Sunny Wind') on December 22, Bubbles wrote:

I bought every one of the Tropic Escape hibiscuses I could find a couple of years ago. They were beautiful, always blooming. Toward the end of fall, I noticed I had lost a couple. They were just sticks. I found that they were cuttings that had each been started in a piece of Oasis. When the roots could no longer penetrate the Oasis, they died a slow death. Just as you check your geraniums in spring, you should be vigilant and check your smaller hibiscus pots. You can always cut the Oasis away.
Talking about Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird') on September 18, pirl wrote:

This year the lone roaming fawn didn't touch our 'Bluebird', so I'm happy to report that it bloomed beautifully. It's an easy to care for plant and requires nothing special. It gets sun from early morning to about 2 PM. I cut it back hard each spring and it always bounces back great.
Talking about Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II') on September 3, lovesblooms wrote:

The main thing I don't like about hibiscus flowers is the red eye. It's not that it's ugly, it's just so commonplace with lighter colored hibiscuses--and it reminds me of Rose of Sharon, which are even more common here.

I winter sowed three of these last year from open-pollinated seed I was fast enough to grab in a group swap, and they all sprouted. Although they attempted to grow, I wasn't attentive enough to keeping away the groundhogs and deer, and they kept being chewed back. This year, though, I was much more protective--and also anxious to discover whether they would come true from seed. I was very excited when the first bloom opened pure white! I got a beautiful show from June to July. I may have gotten a longer bloom if I watered more regularly when we hit a dry spell through July, but I was happy with what I got. I did not spray these but had no rust, although some Lady Baltimore offspring (didn't come true to color) nearby did rust somewhat, in shadier conditions, and I worried it could spread.

They're still out there, getting watered more regularly, although I don't really expect more blooms. Can't wait till next year!
Talking about Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II') on September 2, Horntoad wrote:

Blue River II is named after the Blue River in Oklahoma where its parent plant was found.
Talking about Fairy Hibiscus (Hibiscus poeppigii) on August 16, Horntoad wrote:

Hibiscus poeppigii is known as Fairy Hibiscus because it can bloom when the plant is as small as six inches. It is possible to grow it from seed to bloom in as little as four months.
Talking about Hibiscus (Hibiscus paramutabilis 'Terri's Pink') on August 9, Horntoad wrote:

Introduced by Heidi Sheesley of Treesearch Farms of Houston, Texas.
Talking about Halberdleaf rosemallow (Hibiscus laevis) on July 25, Chillybean wrote:

This Rose Mallow was among the first natives I planted on our property back in May 2012. I was looking for something that could tolerate the yearly field run-off from the heavy rains. They did not bloom until July 2014. I had almost given up hope, but I was surprised when I looked out one morning.

The flowers are smaller than the Swamp Mallow, but no less beautiful. The dried seed pods are interesting with rows of small, round, furry seeds.

This is not a plant that can tolerate drought. They will become droopy and the leaves begin to yellow if they do not get enough water.
Talking about Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Midnight Marvel') on July 23, Xeramtheum wrote:

I have noticed that they do not seem to be self fertile as I've hand pollinated every flower that opens with no success. They are however fertile with Luna Pink Swirl and, I would imagine, other hardy hibiscuses. I have 8 Luna X Midnight plants growing from seeds I collected last year. Can't wait to see some blooms.


I was able to get seeds using a technique of microwaving pollen which in some cases allows plants that are not self fertile to create seeds. Here is a link for how to do it.

The thread "Microwaving Pollen & Seeds from Midnight Marvel!" in Hibiscus forum
Talking about Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus White Chiffon™) on February 6, blue23rose wrote:

This is a beautiful all-white bloom. It has never gotten over 7 feet tall, which is nice for its present location. We have cut back some side branches, though, because it was covering up the bird houses around it. It re-seeds prolifically, and the seedlings come true to color.
Talking about Confederate Rose Mallow (Hibiscus mutabilis 'Rubrus') on January 8, mjsponies wrote:

I've had this for at least 6 years now. Grows in the lower part of the yard that generally stays fairly moist. No irrigation is available where it's planted, so if we don't get rain it's on its own. Gets full sun, 8+ hrs. a day. It's come back reliably from hard freezes ( zone 8b/9a). Blooms OK if we've been dry; fantastic if we've been getting usual rain. I don't ever fertilize them either. One of the few Hibiscuses I grow as I absolutely can't stand the white flies that Hibiscuses are noted for. These, for some reason, don't seem to be prone to them. There is some sort of moth caterpillar that likes to occasionally chew on the leaves, which I just pick off.
I love the big platter-shaped blooms. Fairly easy to root. Gets well over 6-7 ft. tall, but can be pruned down if you don't have that much room for them.
Talking about Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Midnight Marvel') on August 28, clintbrown wrote:

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' is a great red hardy Hibiscus. It has dark foliage and looks nice even when not in flower. It blooms longer than other red hardy Hibiscus plants. The red flowers last for one day each, but there are many of them daily. I've also noticed that it is more resistant to insects than other hibiscuses I have grown.
Talking about Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos Summerific™ Summer Storm) on August 28, clintbrown wrote:

Hibiscus 'Summer Storm' has the darkest foliage of any hardy Hibiscus I've seen. The dark foliage contrasts nicely with the pink flowers. The centers of each flower are red and streak out into the pink. It blooms repeatedly from July to September here. This is probably the best hardy Hibiscus cultivar I have seen so far.

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