Plant Native Hibiscus For A Fabulous Flower

(credit:  Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - So, did you plant any native Hibiscus yet? These are the perennial plants with the fabulous flowers that look just like the annual tropical hibiscus that you see, except these flowers are as big as your hand – or your head, depending on how big you are. Last year I planted three and this year I planted several more, because these plants are so satisfying and easy to grow.

Each gianormous flower lasts just a day, then shrivels like crepe paper and drops away – but no matter, there’ll be more the next day, and mine have been blooming for over a month. 8-inch white flowers with a red eye on plants 3-feet tall, another with bright pink flowers on plants 5-feet. Also known as ‘swamp mallow,’ it’s happy in a wet spot, but mine grow fine in dry soil- they’re so adaptable, all they ask for is some sun. Birds and butterflies love them and I do too, so if you don’t have one yet, look for our native Hibiscus moscheutos to plant now for next year.

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio

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