Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus) in the Hibiscus Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4 feet to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 2 feet to 4 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Other: 1 to 2 inch rounded, 5-chambered green capsule, turning brown at maturity and splitting to release the seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

A tripple bloom with 5, 6 and 7 petals, very rare.

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By dave on August 29, 2015

We open the Hibiscus Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus) was a featured
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Posted by fiwit (My little patch of paradise - Zone 7b) on Dec 8, 2012 12:11 PM

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.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 18, 2013 2:55 PM

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!

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Posted by frostweed (Arlington, Texas - Zone 8a) on Oct 27, 2011 7:19 AM

This plant grows naturally in the swamps so it likes lots of water, but surprisingly it will also do well in average garden situations with a little additional water, the beauty and simplicity of the blooms make it worth the extra effort.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 15, 2018 9:14 PM

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.

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Plant Events from our members
Horntoad On June 30, 2016 Bloomed
Horntoad On July 16, 2014 Bloomed
piksihk On September 4, 2019 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On June 6, 2018 Plant emerged
from seed
piksihk On August 6, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
collected seeds
piksihk On July 28, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
collected seeds
piksihk On May 31, 2015 Bloomed
Front bed/master
piksihk On May 31, 2015 Bloomed
Front bed/master
piksihk On April 16, 2015 Plant emerged
frt bed
piksihk On April 1, 2015 Seeds germinated
piksihk On July 8, 2014 Bloomed
HamiltonSquare On July 16, 2015 Bloomed
This is the eariest first bloom. The plant is two years old.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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ID please by Blackthumb2019 Jun 26, 2019 9:24 PM 3
To transplant or not to transplant by Shurst76 Oct 5, 2018 2:03 PM 5
trying to identify this plant by purplepickle Aug 17, 2018 10:04 AM 2
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