A Star in the Garden

“A Star in the Garden”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Hibiscus coccineus is commonly called “Texas Star”, and it certainly is a star in the summer garden. I have grown this plant for at least ten years, and every summer it puts out the most gorgeous red flowers.

 

 

This perennial dies back in the late fall, but reliably returns each spring. It is easy to propagate from seeds, and grows just about anywhere. In fact, my original plant is practically in shade the whole day but it still puts out blooms.

Speaking of the blooms, these are such a wonderful crimson color, a true red, not an orange-red, and the flowers are large – six to eight inches across. Just like the tropical hibiscus plants, the flowers only last one day, but there are always new ones that will open all summer long.

These plants are slender, tall, about five to six feet, and are perfect for the back of the border where the flowers really grab your attention. They are supposed to be hardy to zone 7, and I think this native North American plant would be a great addition to anyone’s garden.

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3 Comments

  1. June 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I tried to grow this one year from seed, since they aren’t hardy to our zone (5b), and I got some seedlings, but the growing season isn’t long enough for it to get large enough to flower. Or at least that was my experience. I love their beauty and would love to grow this here!

    • Jan said,

      June 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm

      What a shame, Kylee. This is such a beautiful flower. I guess you would have to start the seeds in late winter and then plant outside to get blooms.

  2. Janet said,

    June 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Would you believe I have one that is over 12 feet tall? It is in a very happy place.


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