Friday, August 13, 2010

Hardy Hibiscus

Hardy Hibiscus
Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Turn of the Century’
(hi-BIS-kus) (mos-KEW-tos)
Synonyms: Swamp Mallow, Rose Mallow

This is the second Hibiscus here this week. This one is a little different since it is the hardy type. I hadn’t seen ‘Turn of the Century’ before and loved the coloration of the flower. From a distance it looked a lot like a cross but when viewed closer you could see the colors blended together a little less distinctly.

‘Turn of the Century’ is a tall plant that likes full sun and adequate moisture. Under ideal conditions it does not need staking. The flowers are slightly smaller than some of the really huge Hibiscus but are still large. Always a stunner in the garden.

Yesterday while driving by the reservoir I saw a Hardy Hibiscus blooming in the weeds along the banks of the lake. Now that is a cool wildflower.

Ugh, they were already bringing out the Christmas stuff at the nursery.


Les said...

Ugh, is right. I have nagged my fellow managers to the point where they do not bring it out until after Halloween, it use to be much earlier.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks for trying to hold the line, Les.