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Name: Lj
South Jersey (Zone 7a)
Jul 20, 2016 10:16 AM CST
I saw a ,what I think was a hibiscus.The foliage was light, airy, and somewhat marijuana-like. Definitely not hibiscus-like. The blossom was a gorgeous hot pink; luncheon plate sized ,with separated petals.Any thoughts?
Name: Sharon Rose
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Jul 20, 2016 1:16 PM CST
Welcome! lindalecht, Hi! Yes you did see a Hibiscus that looks like marijuana.Hibiscus coccineus. Here in Texas they are swamp mallow that are called Texas Stars. I was always accused of marijuana by friends. They would not be ground hardy in New Jersey. It would make a lovely potted plant. They die back to ground level but the pot would have to be stored above freezing temps. They are just like all the other rose mallow and are slow spring starters They can be started from seed. Usually white, rarer are reds, I think pinks are in this category. Many blessings for a wonderful week!
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jul 20, 2016 1:29 PM CST
Our NGA member @TheCitrusGuy wrote a blog about this plant.
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Jul 20, 2016 3:38 PM CST
If it is hot pink it is probably a hybrid in that group collectively know as Hardy Hibiscus. 'Lady Baltimore' fit the description given.
I'm sure there are others.

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