Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Hibiscus 'Peppermint Flare'
Peppermint Flare Hardy Mallow
Item #: 7867
Zones: 4a to 9b
Height: 48" tall
Origin: United States Hybrid
This amazing introduction from Texan Greg Grant is topped all summer with huge 9" flowers which emerge light pink and age to white, except for the wild red flecking throughout the petals...attractive to hummingbirds. Hibiscus 'Peppermint Flare' is a floral sport from Sam McFadden's University of Florida release, the nearly sterile hybrid Hibiscus 'Flare'. Our plants have matured out at 4' tall x 4' wide. Hibiscus 'Peppermint Flare' is very tolerant of alkaline soils...as long as they aren't too dry.
Hibiscus 'Peppermint Flare' is a very low maintenance perennial, provided they are growing in the proper conditions. When the plants go dormant in winter, the stalks remain upright and sturdy. We prefer to leave them to give birds a place to perch. The structure also helps the garden remain much more interesting in winter than a flat carpet of brown mulch.
Hibiscus sawfly is the #1 pest of most hibiscus, causing skeletonized leaves. These can be treated with a beneficial bacteria product like Dipel, which contains BT bacillus.
Hibiscus like 'Peppermint Flare' grow naturally in standing shallow water, although they are quite drought tolerant for short period. The drier the soil, the more the plants will be stressed, which increases the severity of insect damage.
Perennial hardy hibiscus add an upright garden form to the garden, as well as summer flowering when many spring perennials have finished flowering or gone dormant.Also, there are few plants with such a floral show that tolerates wet soil.
Bees are the primarily pollinators of all of the herbaceous, hardy hibiscus.
Container Role: Thrillers
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