“Red Star”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
One of my favorite colored flowers has started blooming today which is a little earlier than usual. I think it is blooming so early because it has finally become a good sized plant so it recovers from winter faster. I am talking about Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus), a perennial hibiscus.
I just love the deep cherry red of this flower. This is a hardy hibiscus here, though it will die back in the winter, it reliably returns every spring. It is hardy to zone 6, and some say zone 5. Once it starts blooming, it will bloom all summer long.
One of the aspects of this plant that I like is that it grows tall – four to six feet. It definitely gives me the height I need in my garden, however, I do occasionally cut back some of the stems so that there is a layered look and not all top growth or too rangy. Another good thing about this hibiscus is that it grows well from seed. I have grown several from seed and have placed them all around the garden.
In the heat of summer, it is certainly nice to have such a brillant red flower showing up. It has such a large flower, such a bright color, and such great height that it can be admired from inside the house while enjoying the air conditioning.