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Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' PP24079

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

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

Characteristics:



Height:
  4 Feet
Spread:
  4.5 Feet
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Purple shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
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 butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Rapid
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
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  
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar' PP22397
Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
Common Name: Aster-New England
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire' PP19367
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Helenium 'Red Jewel'
Common Name: Sneezeweed
4,5,6,7,8
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Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'
Common Name: Butterfly Bush
5,6,7,8,9,10
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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.