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Hibiscus 'Mars Madness' PPAF

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Rose Mallow

This new Walters Gardens, Inc. Hibiscus introduction is out of this world with its unique foliage and flower color combination. Dark olive green leaves have copper highlights, with the newest leaves emerging coppery purple. The large, maple-like leaves are broadly smooth and form a full, billowy habit. Huge 6-8” flowers open flat and are magenta red in color, more on the pink side of the spectrum than ‘Cranberry Crush’. Each flower has a small, darker red halo with overlapping petals and deeply impressed veins. Flowers are produced from the top to the bottom of the plant, rather than only at the top like some older cultivars.

‘Mars Madness’ is a later blooming Hibiscus and will extend the color of your late summer/early fall garden.

Intro Year: 2015

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  4-4.5 Feet
Spread:
  6-6.5 Feet
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Rapid
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Specimen or focal point
Long blooming

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadheading will improve the appearance of the plant. It is best to plant Hibiscus in the garden before the heat of the summer arrives, and should be heavily mulched the first winter. In spring, cut back any remaining stems before new growth appears. A strong pair of loppers or a saw will be necessary to cut this plant back. Be advised that Hibiscus is always one of the last perennials to emerge in spring. Its vigorous growth rate more than makes up for this late start, however. Japanese beetles find these plants especially delicious.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PP25778
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Panicum virgatum PRAIRIE WINDS® 'Cheyenne Sky' PP23209
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Penstemon 'Dark Towers' PP20013 COPF
Common Name: Beardtongue
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Rocketman' PPAF
Common Name: Russian Sage
4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.