General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 8-12 feet
Plant Spread: 6-10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: blue/purple with a red center
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Child plants: 2 child plants

Common names
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Althea
  • Hibiscus
Also sold as:
  • 'Blue Bird'
  • 'Bluebird'

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Location: Courtyard JI garden
Date: 2011-0802
Location: Courtyard JI garden
Date: 2013-09-21
Location: Courtyard JI garden
Date: 2011-0802
Location: Photo by Abrahami
Location: Simpsonville, SC
Date: 2013-06-22
Location: Courtyard JI garden
Date: 2008-0411
Pruned: collage shows before and after pruning.
Location: Courtyard JI garden
Date: 2010-0722

Date: 2011-08-21
Blue Bird

By Ulf Eliasson (Own work) [GFDL (
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2009-08-08
As good as or better than tropical Hibiscus!
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-07-13
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Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-07-17
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-07-17

Date: Summer
identical to 'Blue Bird'
Photo by NEILMUIR1
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  • Posted by stetchworth (Ocean Springs, MS - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2011 7:26 PM concerning plant:
    This plant is a slow grower but well worth the wait. Lovely shade of light blue. Flowers about 3 inches large cover this bush every spring. In my zone of 8b it does not have to be mulched in the wintertime.
  • Posted by pirl (Southold, Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on Sep 18, 2015 8:17 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by pirl (Southold, Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on Aug 25, 2014 8:23 PM concerning plant:
    I've had this plant for years and never had trouble with the deer eating it until this year. So sad to see it eaten down to a foot tall!

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