Hibiscus 'Plum Fantasy' PPAF
  Common Name: Rose Mallow
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Walters Gardens Exclusive Introduction
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

This incredibly floriferous new Hibiscus sets buds at the top 6-7 nodes up the stems compared to the top 3-4 on average.  Lipstick red buds open to very large 8-9”, vibrant magenta red flowers with a deeper red eye and red stamens.  The texture of the flower petals is very unique compared to other Hibiscus—they are distinctly puckered and crinkled, giving them added dimension. 

The dramatic flower color really pops against the super dark green, maple-like foliage which takes on a tint of greyed purple late in the season.  ‘Plum Fantasy’ forms an upright rounded clump in the landscape and makes a fantastic specimen plant for sunny landscapes.

Intro Year: 2013

Breeder: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  4.5-5.5 Feet
Spread:
  4.5-5.5 Feet
Flower Color:
  Purple-red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Rapid
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Cottage
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Bare Root: #1 Grade (25ct)

Attributes:

Border plants
Specimen or focal point
Long blooming

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadheading will improve the appearance of the plant. It is best to plant Hibiscus in the garden before the heat of the summer arrives, and should be heavily mulched the first winter. In spring, cut back any remaining stems before new growth appears. A strong pair of loppers or a saw will be necessary to cut this plant back.  Be advised that Hibiscus is always one of the last perennials to emerge in spring. Its vigorous growth rate more than makes up for this late start, however. Japanese beetles find these plants especially delicious.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar' PP22397
Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Aster KICKIN® 'Lavender'
Common Name: Aster
5,6,7,8,9
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Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire' PP19367
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.