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Dave Fleming Hibiscus

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Dave Fleming'

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Dave Fleming Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Dave Fleming') at James Valley Nursery

Dave Fleming Hibiscus flowers

Dave Fleming Hibiscus flowers

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Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Rose Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus

Description:

This sturdy and vigorous selection has a rounded upright shape and is covered with showy, huge, ruffled ruby-red flowers; attractive, glossy leaves have a maroon tint; ideal for the mixed garden border or in mass; do not allow to dry to wilting point

Ornamental Features

Dave Fleming Hibiscus features bold red round flowers with dark red eyes and buttery yellow anthers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. Its glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color with showy burgundy variegation throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dave Fleming Hibiscus is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Self-Seeding

Dave Fleming Hibiscus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Dave Fleming Hibiscus will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features