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Is this a Hibiscus

Posted by larry711 z7 oregon (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 28, 05 at 18:17

Was wondering if this is a Hibiscus. Have had people tell me it is not. Warning large pictures

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RE: Is this a Hibiscus

Yup, it sure is, although I do't know what kind. It looks like some kind of hardy hibiscus to me.

RE: Is this a Hibiscus

Yep! It's a Hibiscus militaris - Soldier Mallow. Gorgeous blooms, huh? I'm on my second year of growing them and I love 'em.
From my limited experience, it seems to have a growth pattern simiar to Texas Star.

RE: Is this a Hibiscus

Thanks! Thought it was. Have had 2 of them for about 5 years or more. They sure have nice looking blooms.

RE: Is this a Hibiscus

I doubt that it can be H. militaris, which has a different leaf shape - see:

My guess it that may be the wild form of H. moscheutos. If you do a Google image search on H. moscheutos most results are the improved garden forms and hybrids in a range of colors. But see link below, which apparently shows a wild form. Compare carefully the centre structure and coloring of the flower. I think the narrower petals in your pic are a late stage of flower opening.

Here is a link that might be useful: wild H. moscheutos

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