Hibiscus Moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos is a species of flowering plant in the family Malvaceae. It is a cold hardy perennial wetland plant. It is a welcome addition to your garden in August when other perennials are often spent from the long summer. There exists numerous varieties. This particular variety color is often referred to as "cherry brandy". Hardy in zones 4 - 9. I love tropical hibiscus but perennial hibiscus moscheutos has blooms that are open and flat, they blow beautifully in the breeze. Hibiscus moscheutos needs plenty of water, especially the first couple of years. It enjoys full sun. The entire plant dies back in winter with a few twigs remaining, I keep them throughout the winter as a marker to pay attention to it in late spring when it starts to emerge. Late summer, August in my 6a zone, these beauties begin to flower with its twisted buds. The blooms are rather fleeting but more develop as they continue to bloom into September. As a cut flower, hibiscus do not last long but are well worth having in your garden.

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