Great Red Hibiscus

Hibiscus coccineus


This southeastern native was first named in the late eighteenth century and was soon being grown by avid American plantsmen of the day -- William Bartram, George Washington, and Lady Skipwith of Rappahannock. Peter Collinson in London saw a painting of the flower, done by Bartram, and asked for seeds to be sent from Charleston, SC. In spite of its early popularity, and its use in hybridizing modern hibiscus cultivars, there is little evidence that Great Red Hibiscus has ever been widely grown in American gardens. Also known as "Star of Texas," this showy perennial is suitable for border plantings, as an accent plant, or grown in containers.

Growth Type: Perennial Color(s): Red Hardiness Zones: 7 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Oval Bed Planting Conditions: Part Shade

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 15 – Dec 152003: Apr 22 – Nov 72004: Apr 30 – Nov 122006: Jul 17 – Oct 42007: Aug 2 – Oct 52008: Jul 25 – Oct 132009: Jul 29 – Oct 142010: Aug 1 – Dec 12011: Jul 8 – Oct 132012: Jul 1 – Oct 12013: Jul 16 – Oct 172014: Jul 2 – Oct 30