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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: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn Oval Bed
Planting Conditions: 
Part Shade
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 15 to 2002 Dec 152003 Apr 22 to 2003 Nov 72003 Dec 19 to 2004 Mar 292004 Apr 30 to 2004 Nov 122006 Jul 17 to 2006 Oct 42007 Aug 2 to 2007 Oct 52008 Jul 25 to 2008 Oct 132009 Jul 29 to 2009 Oct 142010 Aug 1 to 2010 Dec 12011 Jul 8 to 2011 Oct 132012 Jul 1 to 2012 Oct 12013 Jul 16 to 2013 Oct 172014 Jul 2 to 2014 Oct 30
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