Red-Leaf Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) 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 Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 6--8 feet
Plant Spread: 4--6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Other: The flowers make a lightly sedative tea. A lot of people are allergic or have a bad reaction. can be over seeped easily
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Red-Leaf Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) was a featured
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Posted by quietyard (Tucson, Arizona) on Aug 25, 2014 8:02 PM

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.

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Posted by GrowInFlorida on Sep 30, 2016 9:08 AM

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.

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