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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


'Jazzberry Jam' was a featured
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Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK - Zone 7a) on Jul 24, 2020 5:21 PM

This might serve as a question as easily as it serves as a comment.
In six and a half years gardening in this location I can easily say this Hibiscus gets more comments, more raves, and more requests for cuttings than any other plant in my garden. I know I'm supposed to... but I just don't get it. I'm always polite... I thank them for their compliments and agree with them that this Hibiscus is beautiful... and I mean what I say. But I just don't get it.
They walk past the Dutch Iris, the Oakleaf Hydrangea, the Exbury Hybrid Azaleas, the Hellebores, the Alliums, the Spanish Bluebells, the black-leafed Elderberry, the 'Black & Blue' Salvia, the 'Rooguchi' Clematis, the Hostas and the Heucheras, the Cranesbills, the Gooseneck Loosestrife and any number of other perennials in bloom... and they say things like, "Oh, that's nice." or "Very pretty." The only thing they say about the Peonies is, "They don't last long, do they!" And one woman's comment about my eight varieties of hardy Ferns was, "Well, they come up... and that's it."
And then they go absolutely bonkers over this Hibiscus.
Don't get me wrong... I like this Hibiscus... its foliage is not your usual Hibiscus foliage... and the blooms are a wonderful deep, dark red color.
But going bonkers over this plant to the exclusion of all the others is, to me, kind of like going bonkers over a large planting of Impatiens, or Periwinkles, or Marigolds, or [God Forbid!] bedding Begonias.
Sometimes I think the smaller the bloom the more attention it deserves... with the exception of Impatiens, Periwinkles, Marigolds and [God Forbid!] bedding Begonias of course.
I'm not being very nice, am I?

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What's Blooming - Photos and Chat. by NJBob Nov 26, 2021 7:05 PM 5,195
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of the Day: Hibiscus (Hibiscus 'Jazzberry Jam') by Horntoad Dec 17, 2015 6:01 PM 0
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Have you seen any new Perennials this year? by virginiarose Jun 15, 2012 6:06 PM 91

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