The marvelous ‘Midnight Marvel’ combines some of the best genetics from our most popular Walters Gardens, Inc. Hibiscus introductions.
This variety combines the deep wine-purple, maple-like foliage of 'Perfect Storm' and the scarlet red, 8-9" flowers of 'Cranberry Crush'. 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’, 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 4½’ wide.
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!
These North American native plants bring massive, tropical-looking flowers all the way to zone 4. Although later to emerge than most perennials in spring, these are fast growing plants capable of adding an inch of new growth a day. Excellent at brightening up end of season gardens.