Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Fiesta'Item #4115 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
A sensational tropical shrub with large, exotic, color-changing blooms. The showy flowers have bright orange petals with crinkled edges and quickly change after opening, developing softer golden margins, and a white center with a blush-red eye. Well-suited to use as a hedge, screen, or container specimen. A frost-tender evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hi-BIS-kus ro-ZA-si-nen-sisPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:OrangeGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasHibiscus is good for foundation planting along buildings and fence lines. Accentuate with bold flowering plants and vines that add to the color range. With its dense, glossy foliage, this Hibiscus creates a solid hedge or screen. Plant as a specimen to highlight entries or gateways. Very good choice against plaster or stucco walls. Reliable cover for unsightly side yard fences and spaces between windows. Most charming when trained into a patio tree and planted in large pots stuffed with annual color.Companion PlantsCanna (Canna); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Cordyline (Cordyline); Phormium (Phormium); Lantana (Lantana)
- CareCare InformationThrives in well-drained, enriched soils with neutral to slightly acidic pH. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a general fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:The genus Hibiscus contains over 200 species from around the world. It was named from the Latin for rose of China, pointing to its place of origin in southeast Asia where plants were found in the literature as early as 295 BC. All early descriptions indicate the first plants bore red flowers, with the other colors the result of breeding. It was introduced into Europe in 1731.Lore:French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin made the hibiscus famous by often depicting this flower in Tahitian scenes.