Proven Winners Perennials
Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® 'Valentine's Crush'
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This variety features brighter red flowers that open flat at 7-8" in diameter. Large, oval leaves give the plant a full appearance and take on a dark bronze hue in direct sunlight. Valentine's Crush has a very strong, erect, columnar habit that resists lodging.
Uses: Bogs, Borders, Cottage Gardens, Landscapes, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens, Specimen
Nature Attraction: Bees, Butterflies
Critter Resistant: Deer
Notable Features: Large Flowers, Rapid Growth, Heat Tolerant, Native
Growth Habit: Upright, Bushy
Homeowner Growing Tips: Plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Keeping the plants well-watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadhead to improve appearance of the plant. Mulch for protection in winter. Cut back remaining stems to 3" - 4" in spring before new growth emerges. Hibiscus emerge late in spring, so don't be alarmed if you don't see it right away. It will grow quickly and soon make up for its late start. Apply a balanced fertilizer after growth begins. Watch for Japanese beetles that like to eat this plant.