Pink Hibiscus - Hibiscus
Pink Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a variety of pink, bright blooms, and silvery green leaves. The plant grows in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 10. The blooms can be quite large, measuring 6 to 12 inches across, and are sometimes called “dinner plate” flowers. There are different varieties such as “Disco Belle Pink” which grows 2 to 3 feet in height, and “Anne Arundel” and “Lady Baltimore” both of which grow 5 to 7 feet. All varieties grow 2 to 4 feet in width. The blooms are usually flat, have a tissue paper feel, and come in pink, white, or red. The heart-shaped leaves are tender, lush, and dark green with soft hairy undersides. Blooms last only one day but are abundant from mid-summer through the first frost. The blooms turn mushy the second day; removing the dead blooms (dead heading) every few days will keep the plant looking it’s best. This beautiful perennial is native to the eastern and southern US. It grows naturally in moist areas, such as swamps, creek beds, and lake shores. It needs moisture-retentive rich soil, full sun, and good air circulation to prevent disease and provide optimal blooming conditions. Plant 24 inches apart and in groups of at least three to achieve a dramatic effect in your garden giving it a tropical look. Due to rapid growth in the spring, staking may be required. Prune back to 24 inches in early spring for bushier plants. If height is not an issue, you can prune back to 24 inches in fall once blooming ends. Avoid pruning in late fall or early winter. Hibiscus moscheutos is a winter hardy plant. Before cold weather, simply protect the root bulb with a layer of mulch. In colder areas lift the root ball and store in a frost-free cellar.