Monday, October 27, 2014

Hardy Hibiscus 'Southern Belle'

Hardy Hibiscus
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Southern Belle'
(hi-BIS-kus) (mos-KEW-tos)
Synonyms: Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow

A dramatic and tropical flair for borders and mass plantings Hardy Hibiscus is a perennial for the ages. A definite “What is that?” type of traffic stopper plant that blooms in the summer with little care. 'Southern Belle' is listed as growing up to 8 feet tall but in northern gardens it seems to get to 3-4 feet and is a little more compact than the species. Since it can grow in moist conditions it can do well at the ponds edge (not waterlogged) and bottom land.

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