Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' PP24079
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
The marvelous new ‘Midnight Marvel’ PP24079 combines some of the best genetics from our most popular Walters Gardens, Inc. Hibiscus introductions.
From ‘Summer Storm’ PP20443 it inherits very deep wine purple, dissected maple-like foliage that is thick and leathery. From a distance, it appears a bit darker purple than ‘Summer Storm’. Like many perennials with purple foliage, this one needs to be exposed directly to UV light (grown in full sun) to achieve the darkest foliage color.
From ‘Cranberry Crush’ PP21984, it inherits very similar glossy, black-red buds which open to 8-9”, deep scarlet red flowers. The habit is relatively compact, measuring in at 4’ tall x 4 ½’ wide which is intermediate in size between its parents.
Since this variety is an indeterminate bloomer (has buds at several nodes up the stem), it blooms for an extended period from midsummer into early fall. We have been incredibly impressed by the growth and performance of ‘Midnight Marvel’ and think you will be equally delighted!
Order this new variety early as it will surely sell quickly.
Intro Year: 2012
Breeder: Kevin Hurd
Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.
Parentage: 'Cranberry Crush' PP21984 x 'Summer Storm' PP20443
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
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Average water needs
Consistent water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
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.