An Amazing Flower - picture

dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)August 27, 2009

I saw this Hibiscus at a neighbour's home -- the flowers are dinnerplate size and a show stopping colour. She tells me that they bought the plant last year, it overwintered just fine and is absolutely huge with these wonderful flowers. Any idea what it is? I want one of course...

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gardengal48

Looks like Hibiscus 'Fireball'. I've seen it available now and again at area nurseries.....or one can do mail order :-)

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    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 9:16AM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

That's it! The nursery calls it a true showstopper and it's true. My pic doesn't do it justice -- it is loaded with flowers and they are at least a foot across. I didn't know that hibiscus would overwinter here. Thanks Gardengal.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 12:29PM
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gardengal48

You're welcome, Dotty :-) There's quite a few hardy hibiscus, several species of which are native to various parts of this country, and a good number of hybrids like 'Fireball', most which behave like herbaceous perennials here. And then there's Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, which is a very hardy (zone 5) shrub form. But not native :-)

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 1:43PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Dotty, WOW, what a beauty. Let me know if you find anyone up our way carrying it. I might have to shovel prune something to fit it in but you know what they say, when there's a will, there's a way :o).

Annette

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 2:07PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Gardengal, can I propagate Fireball? The owner said that they "hacked it back" to fit their border...I could sneak in at night and steal a cutting. Or ask them, that might be easier.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 3:56PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Divided foliage indicates H. coccineus involvement. If you find something about vegetative propagation of that species, same methods might work for this.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 7:34PM
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gardengal48

Since it is patented, that is technically a no-no :-) I didn't say this but it should strike from softwood cuttings. And ask first....no need to compound the crime!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 7:48PM
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dawiff(z7 WA)

Oh, that is stunning! Looks like it has interesting foliage too.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2009 at 3:21PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Yes, it has dark foliage which set the flowers off beautifully. Funny, I spoke to a friend yesterday who lives near this flower, and she had the same reaction as me -- almost drove off the road looking at the flower! It's a stunner.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2009 at 10:40AM
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