Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Fast growing to 6 to 8 ft. high, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer
    Landscape Uses:
    Landscape Uses
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hi-BIS-kus mu-TAB-i-lis ROOB-rus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 6 to 8 ft. high, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Special features:Attracts Hummingbirds
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasA great makeover plant for gardens due to its rapid growth and large size. Flowers are huge and make a big impact in borders and beds. A fast-growing plant, use as a foundation shrub to quickly cover walls, create an airy screen or hedge or instantly soften the corners of buildings. A great way to create a tropical garden around pools and water features or cast as a cottage-garden plant amidst traditional perennial flowers.
    Companion PlantsHere's a wonderfully rugged Mallow that works well with Western and Mediterranean plants. Combine with Miss Huff Hardy Lantana (Lantana camara 'Miss Huff'), Paprika Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'), Flower CarpetTM Pink Groundcover Rose (Rosa x 'Noatraum') and the fragrant Hall's Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'). Also blends very well with Brown-Eyed Rock Rose (Cistus ladanifer maculatus) and Sweet Broom (Cytisus x spachianus).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This plant is grouped into the mallow family which share the characteristic wide funnel-shaped flowers. The genus was named and classified by Linnaeus but some of its species have been formerly known under genus Paritium. Hibiscus contains about 250 species from warm temperate and tropical regions around the world. Although loved in the wet swampy parts of the American south and named "confederate", this plant is actually native to China. That inspired its original species name, H. sinensis. In China it was among the most frequently depicted flowers in art dating back a thousand years. It was first described for westerners by Englishman John Barrow in Hangzhou when he was there with Lord Macartneys embassy in 1793.
    Lore:
    In China it was among the most frequently depicted flowers in art dating back a thousand years. It was first described for westerners by Englishman John Barrow in Hangzhou when he was there with Lord Macartneys embassy in 1793.