Swamp Hibiscus

This shrubby perennial can be grown in masses and is great as a perennial border.

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Plant type: Multi-stemmed shrubby perennial
Botanical name: Hibiscus coccineus
USDA Zone: Zones 5 to 9

Native shrubby plant valued for its red, star-like flowers, deeply dissected green foliage and ability to tolerate a variety of soil conditions. Has erect, red stems. Blooms in summer. Plant size ranges from six to ten feet tall and three to four wide.

How to use it: In masses or as a specimen. Use in a sunny, mixed perennial border. Plant next to or in a water feature. Grow in a wetland area.

Culture: Can be grown in moist, well-draining to soggy soils. Even tolerates drier soils. Plant in full sun. Provide adequate moisture and fertilizer throughout the warm months. Benefits by pruning in spring to encourage flowering and branching. Primarily propagated through seed or division. May have some problems with aphids or Japanese beetles; the beetles can almost defoliate plants but won't kill them.

Special notes: Native to the eastern U.S. coast. Good for swampy or wet conditions. Attracts wildlife, including birds (hummingbirds) and butterflies.

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