Erin Rachel Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachel'
Erin Rachel Hibiscus flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Tropical Hibiscus, Chinese Hibiscus
Group/Class: Exotic Series
This dazzling variety produces large, electric pink blooms with deep red eyes, and salmon-orange edges; makes an ideal hedge, screen, or background planting; do not allow to dry to wilting point
Erin Rachel Hibiscus features bold hot pink round flowers with dark red eyes and salmon edges at the ends of the branches from mid summer to early fall. Its glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Erin Rachel Hibiscus is a multi-stemmed annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Erin Rachel Hibiscus is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Erin Rachel Hibiscus will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Erin Rachel Hibiscus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.