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Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night'
Starry Starry Night Hardy Hibiscus
Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night' PP27901

$25.00 $32.50
This size 20 in stock Product ID: 763541

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 4b

Plant Max Zone: 9b

Sunlight: All Day Full Sun, Full Sun

Water / Rainfall: Average, High, Very High

Soil Quality: Average, Rich

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Summer, Late Summer, Fall

Flower Color: Pink, Red, White, Multi-Colored

Berry / Fruit Color: None

Spring Foliage Color: Reddish Purple

Summer Foliage Color: Purplish Green

Fall Foliage Color: Reddish Purple, Orange, Red

Evergreen Foliage: No

Winter Interest: Some

Scented Flowers: No

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Wet-Feet Tolerance: High

Humidity Tolerance: High

Wind Tolerance: Low, Medium

Poor Soil Tolerance: Clay Soils, Rocky Soils

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 3' - 4'

Width: 3' - 4'

Growth Rate: Medium

Service Life: Long: 5-10 years

Maintenance Need: Low

Spreading Potential: Medium

Yearly Trimming Tips: Trim Perennial to Ground in Early Winter After Hard Freezes: Some Winter Interest.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5

Best Side of House: South Exposure, West Exposure, East Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Base of Retaining Wall Locations

Ornamental Features: Multiple Seasons of Interest, Long Blooming Season, Long Lasting Fall Color, Large Tropical Foliage / Flowers, Exceptional / Colorful Foliage

Special Landscape Uses: None

Possible Pest Problems: Beetles, Foliage Disease

Plant Limitations: Needs Thick Winter Mulch, Needs Regular Irrigation, Late to Emerge or Leaf Out in Spring

Description

Hardy Hibiscus are US native plants that feature very large single petal flowers sometimes as large as a dinner plate. Colors include white, pink, red, magenta, purple with many different combinations. Foliage can range from green to reddish to dark purplish black. Hardy hibiscus breeding to produce improved cultivars has come a long way in the last 10 or 20 years. Hibiscus emerge later than most other perennials, needing the ground to heat up before growing in May. Hibiscus tolerate a wide range of soil conditions including clay and wetness but prefer rich garden soil. Drought is tolerated with established plants although flowering will be reduced. Generally, the 40 inches of rainfall in Eastern Kansas is sufficient. Full sun is best for optimal foliage coloring, growth habit, and flowers. When used in a landscape, hibiscus brings a tropical feel when flowering and are noticeable from very far away. Combine with hardy bananas (musa basjoo) and other contrasting flowers. Groupings of hibiscus are very effective around water gardens, rain gardens, backyard fences, pollinator gardens, and roadside areas where you only have a second to look when driving by. Modern hibiscus cultivars do not set seed and do not need to be deadheaded like old varieties; the result is continuous blooming from July till September. Cool autumn nights below 50 degrees F initiate beautiful fall foliage colors ranging from red and purple to fiery orange. Maintenance is pretty easy: just cut down dead stocks to the ground at some point in fall or winter. A yearly time-release fertilizer is appreciated from most heavily flowering plants. There are some occasional foliage pests for hibiscuses including leaf miners, grasshoppers, and Japanese beetles but these can be treated. If not treated, it generally won’t kill the plant, especially if the plant is otherwise healthy and in good growing conditions. Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night' is a Walters Gardens Inc. introduction. Incredibly dark, near-black, broad, maple-like leaves form an upright clump in the landscape. Interesting 7-8” flowers are pale pink with darker pink speckling and veining. The flowers are held on bright green carpels, which contrast nicely with the dark foliage. Flowers are produced from the top to the bottom of the plant, rather than only at the top like some older cultivars.

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