Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Violaceus plenus’
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Violaceus plenus’
This form of Hibiscus syriacus has double or semi-doublecoloured pale violet with a carmine or dark violet centre. The leaves are comparatively broad and distinctly three-lobed.
The most famous garden forms of hibiscus come from France, where some 60 varieties were bred in the 1830’s. Most popular today are ‘Admiral Dewey’ with double, violet-blue flowers, ‘Duc de Brabant’ with double, red flowers, ‘Hamabo’ with single, pink flowers, ‘William R. Smith’, pure white, and the lovely blue ‘Blue Bird’.
Hibiscuses require good garden, preferably a light one, and a warm, sheltered, sunny situation. The flowers appear on the tips of the youngest shoots and this must be kept in mind when ; older branches should be cut back so that they put out new young shoots and thus increase the number of blooms. In harsher climates they should be provided with a protective cover for the winter. As a rule they are planted in small, open groups and are most effective when planted in grass. A prized characteristic is the long flowering period — from June until early autumn, when the plants are at their loveliest.