Hibiscus 'Purpureus variegatus'
Now here's an unusual rose of sharon! It has cream-and-green variegated foliage, attractive all growing season long, and dark maroon button flowers. Buttons, because they never open up like a regular rose of sharon flower does. This not only looks cool, but it also makes them last a lot longer. I'm surprised this is not more commonly grown.
||variegated rose of sharon
||dark maroon (summer)
||ordinary garden soil
|Once in a while a branch will come in with all-white leaves. Not necessarily pretty, but looks interesting anyway... |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Laura||Sep 28, 2005||Was given this plant in a 4 inch pot . This year I placed it in the ground and hope it will do well . The foliage is striking and great for contrast.
|Vonda||Sep 12, 2009||I have 2 of these plants in a border longside my house and have never seen them any place else. They are striking and the flowers very unusual - look like big berries. Mine are now about 6 feet high and 3-4 feet wide. Just love them because they are so unusual. However, they don't produce babies or seeds.|
|john sanders||Sep 15, 2009||relieved to hear the buds don't open into big blooms - or is it just they need a lot of warmth? |
The flowers stay in their compact form, regardless of summer heat. This year I noticed a single flower had fully opened, but I'm sure it was just a fluke.
|Diane||Aug 16, 2010||I thought there was a problem with my bush as the flowers never opened. Glad to hear it is okay. From a 4" pot planted in 2008 it is now already 6' high. Attractive bush.|
|Judy||Dec 30, 2010||Love mine, it's 4 feet tall & when I bought this slow-growing plant years ago, it flowered when it first put it in. It's charming.|
|sue||Jun 26, 2011||i brought this plant a few years ago,waitig for it to flower like the picture shows,now realising that when it does flower they dont open,thought at one stage it had the wrong tag on it,glad i know now and it looks lovely anyway|
|Lorraine||Nov 05, 2011||We bought this shrub 1 year ago and love it but it is planed next to our deck with not much room to grow. Can we keep it trimmed to a nice compact size? Not sure if we can trim it to keep it that way?|
I believe it can be pruned to remain fairly small. We have somewhat of the same problem: ours is planted in a narrow border along a walkway, upon which it wishes to intrude routinely. I haven't done much vertical pruning, but have needed to restrain its horizontal growth repeatedly – without ill effects on the shrub.
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