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Lou Emmonds Hibiscus*

Hibiscus 'Lou Emmonds'

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Lou Emmonds Hibiscus (Hibiscus 'Lou Emmonds') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Lou Emmonds Hibiscus flowers

Lou Emmonds Hibiscus flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Rose Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus

Description:

A stunning bold garden accent with giant snow-white flowers marked with a brilliant red blotch in the center, sure to grab attention from a distance; large plant can grow tall, leave adequate room in the garden, makes a wonderful feature perennial

Ornamental Features

Lou Emmonds Hibiscus features bold white round flowers with cherry red eyes and white anthers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. Its large glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lou Emmonds Hibiscus is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Self-Seeding

Lou Emmonds Hibiscus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Lou Emmonds Hibiscus will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features