We absolutely love this native poppy mallow Hibiscus because it is simply and truly a show stopper. Coming in at 3-4’ tall and wide, the deep dark green foliage with maple like leaves is gorgeous on its own, but you realize it is simply a backdrop when the blooms make their appearance. Large bright green buds emerge and explode into 7-8” multicolored pink blooms that stay with the plant from midsummer to fall. The symmetry, the shape and the size of these blooms… I mean look at the picture because words are not enough. ‘Starry Starry Night’ was selected because the blooms will cover the plant from ground-level up rather than just appearing at the top like some cultivars of this species. Makes a great specimen plant, or alternative to shrubs in the garden. Plant one or a few and you won’t be disappointed.
Photo Credit: Walters Gardens
|Bloom Color:||Large swirling pink flowers with red centers.|
|Bloom Period:||Midsummer to early fall|
|Genus & Species:||Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night' PP27901|
|Mature Height:||3.5 to 4.0 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||3.5 to 4 ft.|
|Plant Spacing:||3.5 to 4 ft.|
|Planting Depth:||Crown level with the soil line|
|Planting Time:||Spring or fall|
|Soil Type:||Moist to wet soil, maintain moisture. Tolerates poor soil.|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun (6+ hours) to part shade|
|Zone:||4 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night'
Caring for hibiscus is not difficult, but the plants do require some maintenance. Site selection is important, so plant in an area that receives lots of sun, but also will remain sufficiently moist. Keeping hibiscus well watered will result in the largest and fullest flowers and foliage. Occasional deadheading is recommended to keep the plant looking its best, but isn’t strictly necessary. It is best to plant hibiscus before the heat of summer arrives to give it time to establish and a thick layer of mulch is recommended to ensure soil moisture is maintained. As always, we recommend a hardwood mulch, because it is simply the best for retaining moisture and only improves as it is refreshed each year. Be aware that hibiscus is one of the last plants to arrive each year - so you’ll probably think it is dead and freak out a little bit, but be patient and your patience will be rewarded. Hibiscus is a target for Japanese beetles, since beetle numbers vary from year to year, be prepared to treat them or pick them off regularly.