Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Midnight Marvel') in the Hardy Hibiscuses Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
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: Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Other: Violet-purple foliage. In cooler fall weather, the foliage turns brilliant shades of orange
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Other: Individual flowers open for only one day
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Division
Pollinators: Birds
Bees
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP 24,079
Parentage: Summer Storm x proprietary hybrid #06-87-02

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'Midnight Marvel' was a featured
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Location: Vaughan, ON, Canada (Zone 5b)Date: 2013-09-28
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Location: Chanticleer gardens, PADate: 2015-08Lower courtyard - entry gardens
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Location: Vaughan, ON, Canada (Zone 5b)Date: 2014-09-27
By Anne
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Date: 2015-08-13
By Rose1656
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Location: Georgia, USADate: Summer
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Location: Georgia, USADate: Summer
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Location: Georgia, USADate: Summer
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Location: Georgia, USADate: Summer
By Danita
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-07-12Rose Mallow Hibiscus 010
By dawiz1753
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Location: Van Buren, MODate: 2017-10-21Best Fall color of my 9 varieties of Hardy Hibiscus.
By DraDiana
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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2018-07-12
By pinkiris
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Location: Georgia, USADate: Summer
By Danita
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Date: 2015-08-07
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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2018-06-19
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Location: Winston-Salem, NCDate: 2018-07-07
By Sscape
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Date: 2015-08-07
By Rose1656
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Location: Van Buren, MODate: 2017-06-282nd bloom, 2nd year.
By DraDiana
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Location: My zone 5 garden.Date: 2017-07-29This plant is fantastic - give it room, be cause it will spread o
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Location: Northwest N.J.Date: 2018-08-21
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Location: Crestview NurseryDate: 2018-06-16
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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2018-07-09
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Location: Winston-Salem, NCDate: 2018-07-07
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Date: 2013-07-13From Bare Root, Young Plant (1st Year)
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Location: Georgia, USADate: SummerBuds and side view of open bloom.
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Location: Van Buren, MODate: 2017-06-21
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Location: Columbus, IndianaDate: 2015-07-07One of the first year blooms
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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2018-07-31
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Posted by clintbrown (Medina, TN - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 1:24 PM

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.

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Posted by Xeramtheum (Summerville, SC - Zone 8a) on Jul 23, 2015 2:29 PM

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.

**UPDATE**

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

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Plant Events from our members
crittergarden From July 23, 2015 to August 29, 2015 Bloomed
Bloomed a whole month!
crittergarden On August 9, 2014 Bloomed
lovesblooms On February 24, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
lovesblooms On February 4, 2017 Seeds sown
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RobGlen On October 16, 2018 Bloomed
Two blooms so far. Hardiest rose mallow I own.
piksihk On October 6, 2018 Obtained plant
1 seedling Mercer swap
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What a unique picture by tabbycat Jul 13, 2018 3:26 PM 1
2019 Groundhog's Day Seed Swap -- "Think Spring!" by critterologist Feb 3, 2019 8:55 PM 75
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Spring 2018 Hibiscus discussion by piksihk Jul 31, 2018 6:19 AM 54
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passionfruit vine not forming fruit by steve923 Mar 18, 2018 9:43 AM 4
Let's see what else we are growing in 2017 by Ursula Jan 10, 2018 6:14 PM 1,057
What's Blooming 2017 - Photos and Chat. by NJBob Jan 1, 2018 8:14 PM 1,563
Mature Midnight Marvel Hibiscus for Sale by bloominholes2fill Sep 8, 2016 12:04 PM 0
lavender like background plant ideas by Gschnettler Aug 20, 2016 8:05 AM 4
Microwaving Pollen & Seeds from Midnight Marvel! by Xeramtheum Mar 21, 2018 8:07 PM 24

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