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In bloom at Botanica: hardy hibiscus/Crown Jewels mallow

Botanical name: Hibiscus x moscheutos "Crown Jewels"

Location: Pinetum and Xeriscape Garden

Description: This distinct hardy hibiscus cultivar is characterized by its low-growing, vigorous and uniform growth habit and its floriferous nature (from mid-summer until frost). It features dark, refined, maple-cut foliage, and huge and delicate flowers. The 10-inch-wide white flowers feature a bright-red eye with a prominent pistil and stamen structure. Reaches a mature height of 2 to 3 feet with a spread of 3 to 4 feet.

Growth tips: This plant thrives in full sun and is extremely tolerant of heat and humidity. It requires evenly moist soil to be its best. Old canes should be removed when it dies back to the ground in winter. Plants re-emerge in late May or early June.

History: Displayed at Botanica since 2005.

Uses: An excellent specimen for sunny beds, borders or containers. An especially good companion planting for spring-blooming bulbs. It is attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Also blooming: Roses, wildflowers, hydrangeas, daylilies, water lilies, annuals and many other perennials.

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