Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Violaceus plenus’

Hibiscus syriacus ‘Violaceus plenus’

Rose Mallow

Malvaceae

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This form of Hibiscus syriacus has double or semi-double flowers coloured 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 soil, 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 pruning; 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.

01. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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