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Summerific® Ballet Slippers Hibiscus

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Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Ballet Slippers’ – A beautiful and bold garden perennial featuring very showy white flowers with crimson eyes and blush pink edges; ideal for the mixed garden border or in mass; do not allow to dry to the point of wilting

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Hibiscus
Cultivar:
Ballet Slippers
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Rose Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus
Branching:
herbaceous
Spacing:
4 feet
Flower Eye Color:
crimson
Flower Form:
round

Ornamental Features

Summerific® Ballet Slippers Hibiscus features bold white round flowers with crimson eyes and shell pink edges at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall. Its large glossy oval leaves remain green in color with distinctive red veins throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Summerific® Ballet Slippers 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.

Planting & Growing

Summerific® Ballet Slippers Hibiscus will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

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.

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