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Talking about Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella 'Panama Red') on June 18, tabbycat wrote:

I'm in zone 9, and so far in 2018 my potted plant has grown from 12 inches to 4 feet and is flowering. I cut it back to 12" in Dec. so it's easy to bring in my garage during winter freezes. I also put the cuttings in water to start a few new plants just in case I lose my plant. Last year the plant got 6 feet tall by fall. It would have gotten taller, but I trimmed it every couple of months, so it got bushier. It's a such an eye-catching color.
Talking about White Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus 'Alba') on June 15, tabbycat wrote:

I have these plants blooming this week, June 15, 2018. They are 6' and growing near my red ones by a wood fence where my neighbors can also enjoy their tropical look from their pool just over the fence. They'll bloom most of summer and grow to about 7 feet tall here in south Louisiana, zone 9.
Talking about Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus) on June 15, tabbycat wrote:

I'm in south LA., zone 9, and my 7-foot-tall plants have their 1st flowers this week. I planted them by my back wood fence so my backdoor neighbor could also enjoy the blooms from their pool just over the fence.
Talking about Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) on November 12, Hazelcrestmikeb wrote:

Sorrell is a popular drink in the Carribbean during the Christmas season. Touching the outer layer of the pods and then touching your skin will cause severe itching.
Talking about Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) on October 27, Seedfork wrote:

This summer was the first year after at least 10 years that I actually had new plants volunteer from seed. I had tried on several occasions to plant seed and none ever geminated. This year I kept finding new small plants popping up all in the lawn. This year my neighbor discovered a plant growing probably 100 feet from any of the others I had given her. It is amazing how fast these plants can grow.
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 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 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 Rose Mallow (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 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 Red-Leaf Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) on August 25, quietyard wrote:

I have grown this plant for a couple of years now in the hot desert heat of Tucson. I have found that it likes filtered shade. It propagates very easily from cuttings that I just stick in a bucket of water. Within a week or two, tiny white roots will appear. So far I have not had any problems with insect damage on these plants.
Talking about Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) on July 5, SCButtercup wrote:

I winter-sowed this from seed in February and I now have a small plant that is thriving in a container in part shade. The plan is to transplant it in the fall with some protective leaf mulch when my zone 7/8 cools down and weather gets rainy. Will post more info in spring.
Talking about Wild Lesser Mallow (Hibiscus hirtus) on June 7, treehugger wrote:

Very different. Lovely.
Talking about Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) on April 15, Seedfork wrote:

This plant is very easy to root from cuttings. I have had no luck starting it from seed.
Talking about Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus) on February 18, plantladylin wrote:

Scarlet Rose Mallow is a perennial native here in Florida; a slender shrubby plant that attains heights to 8 feet, with a 3 to 4 foot spread. Established plants can have several slender, robust stems to 7 feet long. Flowers are very large, 6 to 8 inches wide, and last only one day, but this plant has a long season and will continue blooming from spring through fall. The leaves are 5-6 inches long and palmate, with three to five narrow, pointed lance-shaped leaflets. Scarlet Rose Mallow is found in habitats of moist wetlands, swamps, ditches, and marshes and along pond margins. Also called Swamp Hibiscus due to its preference for moist conditions, this tough perennial is also well suited for home gardens. Established plants will survive in normal soils, but will require additional watering during dry periods.

When in bloom, the very large 6- to 8-inch scarlet flowers are an attention grabber for sure!
Talking about Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus) on December 8, fiwit wrote:

It says to propagate seeds indoors, but here in the Atlanta GA area, the gentleman who gave me the seeds from his plant told me to just take them home and plant them where I wanted the plant to grow. I have this plant in several places around my yard, and other than transplanting the original plant here, all the others are from simply popping open a seed pod in the fall and letting the seeds fall where I wanted the plant to grow. I don't even cover the seeds - I just pop and drop.
Talking about Flower of an Hour (Hibiscus trionum) on October 29, jmorth wrote:

A common wildflower/weed in central and northern Illinois. Introduced from Europe as an ornamental. Each bloom (white/pale yellow w/ a purple base) lasts but a few hours.
Self-seeds prolifically; seeds can remain viable in the soil for years. Plant is pollinated by bumble bees primarily. Caterpillars of the Checkered Skipper, Grey Hairstreak, and Painted Lady find them quite munchable. Common Illinois habitats are croplands, field edges, roadsides, railroad right of ways, gardens, vacant sites, and construction sites. Plant has an interesting calyx.
Talking about Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) on October 14, tuffykay56 wrote:

This is my first blooming season. It is a spectacular shrub! It attracts all manner of bees and the blooms are so large that there are multiple bees collecting pollen in one flower.

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