Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' PP24079 (25) Bare Root Plants
Common Names: Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus, Dinner-Plate Hibiscus, Fleming hybrid Hibiscus, or Perennial Hibiscus.
The marvelous ‘Midnight Marvel’ combines some of the best genetics from our most popular Walters Gardens, Inc. Hibiscus introductions.
This variety combines the deep wine-purple, maple-like foliage of 'Perfect Storm' and the scarlet red, 8-9" flowers of 'Cranberry Crush'. Like many perennials with purple foliage, this one needs to be grown in full sun to achieve the darkest foliage color.
From ‘Cranberry Crush’, it inherits very similar glossy, black-red buds which open to 8-9”, deep scarlet red flowers. The habit is relatively compact, measuring in at 4’ tall x 4½’ wide.
Since this variety is an indeterminate bloomer (has buds at several nodes up the stem), it blooms for an extended period from midsummer into early fall. We have been incredibly impressed by the growth and performance of ‘Midnight Marvel’ and think you will be equally delighted!
These North American native plants bring massive, tropical-looking flowers all the way to zone 4. Although later to emerge than most perennials in spring, these are fast growing plants capable of adding an inch of new growth a day. Excellent at brightening up end of season gardens.
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.
Colorado State University "Top Performer" Perennial -- 2014
Height: 4.0 Feet
Spread: 4.5 Feet
Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Flower Color: Red shades
Foliage Color: Purple shades
Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) to Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average to Consistent Water Needs
Poor to Fertile Soil Quality
Bloomtime: Midsummer to Early Fall, Long Blooming
Growth Rate: Rapid
Bog Plant, Border Plant, Specimen, Focal Point