Monday, October 10, 2011
Copper King Hardy Hibiscus
Hibiscus 'Copper King'
This plant has never appeared on this blog before and that surprises me. ‘Copper King’ is one of the biggest and best of the hardy Hibiscus. The finely cut dark foliage combines well with the huge (10 to 12 inches across) flowers. This plant seems entirely hardy in USDA Zone 6 as it has returned for several years now. Introduced by Fleming Brothers Nursery “Copper King’ is a result of nearly 50 years of their breeding between Hibiscus moscheutos and H. coccineus.
This plant isn’t too fussy about the site it grows on but does best in full sun with some regular moisture. Windy sites can be a bit of a problem for the flowers. I generally try to locate the hardy Hibiscus in a warm semi-protected microclimate to give them bit of an extra chance during the winter.