Mar 28, 2013
AZUSA, Calif. – (March 6, 2013) – Monrovia, the leading grower of premium garden plants, is known for seeking out improved varieties that have better pest or disease resistance; interesting flower or foliage color; are more prolific in blooming or fruiting; or perhaps with a superior shape or habit.
"We work with the best breeders around the world to identify plants that will look better and grow better in your garden," explains Nicholas Staddon, director of new plants. "We were so impressed with this new Hibiscus and its absolutely stunning big red blooms."
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Red Darling
USDA Zones 10 - 11
Red Darling is one of the best red Hibiscus selections on the market. It blooms profusely, nearly year round in warmer regions, with flowers that are a tantalizing blend of velvety red and coral. The base of each petal is deep cherry, and emerging from the center is large red pistil sporting bright gold pollen, inviting hummingbirds and butterflies. Exceptionally vigorous upright growth supports glossy deep green foliage in stunning contrast with the flowers. Moderate growth rate to six to eight feet high, three to four feet wide. Bred by Hiroshi "Hiro" Kuwabara. E.
"This is absolutely the best red Hibiscus we've ever seen. The color is so red the flowers look almost velvet," said Staddon. "And, large pistils upon which a family of hummingbirds could perch!" He suggests placing it next to patios, entries and in courtyards, where it will be a brilliant focal point.
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Background on Monrovia:
Founded in 1926, Monrovia is the leading grower of premium ornamental and edible plants, with more than 2,300 varieties. The company has introduced hundreds of improved plants, including more than 230 exclusives. Monrovia's Distinctively Better® plants are nurtured in custom-blended, premium soil mixes, to produce healthy plants that flourish in the landscape. From its five, eco-friendly nurseries in Visalia and Venice Hills, Calif., Dayton, Ore., LaGrange, N.C. and Cairo, Ga., Monrovia distributes its plants through independent garden centers and re-wholesalers nationwide. The company remains a family owned entity. www.monrovia.com