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Plant description:

A floriferous species that flowers throughout summer, but is not as showy as H. rosasinensis. H. syriacus hybrids include: ‘Hamabo’, pink singles; ‘Lady Stanley’, pink semi-doubles; ‘Woodbridge’, purple-red singles; ‘Blue Bird’, mauve-blue singles; ‘Red Heart’, red-centred white singles; and ‘Rosalind’, maroon doubles.

Family: Malvaceae

Synonym: Althaea syriacus

Botanical Pronunciation: hi-BIS-kus seer-ee-AK-us

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Botanical name

Hibiscus syriacus

Plant Care



January February October November December Flower are red, pink, white/cream/gray, purple, blue and lavender.

Common name(s)

Rose-of-Sharon, Syrian hibiscus



The foliage is deciduous.

Uses in landscape design

Excellent for beds and borders, flowering tree, hedge and specimen plant or focal point. Also an excellent plant for containers. 

Drought tolerance



If leaf spots appear on the plant, pick off and destroy the infected leaves. If bacterial leaf spot causes problems, pick off and destroy infected leaves.

Soil conditions

The Rose-of-Sharon grows in acidic, moist and requires well-drained soil.

Growth rate


Wildlife attractions

Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.

Common pests and diseases

Flowers may be infected with a blight caused by a fungus.

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January February October November December
Flower are red, pink, white/cream/gray, purple, blue and lavender.

The foliage is deciduous.

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