Photo by T. Avent taken at Walters Gardens, MI
Photo by taken at Walters Gardens, MI
Photo by Walters Gardens taken at Walters Gardens, MI
Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night' PP 27,901
Starry Starry Night Hardy Mallow
Item #: 11952
Zones: 4a to 9b
Height: 48" tall
Origin: United States Hybrid
Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night' is an incredible 2015 release from our friends at Walters Gardens. This hardy mallow boasts some of the darkest purple foliage of any hibiscus we've seen. The compact, well-branched plants form a 4' wide x 4' tall focal point, adorned for us from late June through September with an abundance of 8" flowers of soft pink with a gradient that changes from light to dark pink as your eyes swirl around the flower. Each flower is further highlighted with a bright red eye, whose color radiates out into the flower. Good soil moisture will result in the best performance of this stunning US native perennial.
Hibiscus 'Spinderella' 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 'Spinderella' 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.
Flower Color: Pink
Leaf Color: Purple/Lavender
Bloom Time: Summer
Container Role: Thrillers
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