Huge bright cherry pink, 10" wide, widely flaring flowers are born from summer to fall on this beautiful perennial Hibiscus. Pink Flare is a showstopper with its continuous display of massive flowers, excellent vigor, and and pest resistant foliage. This root hardy die-back perennial has a compact 4-6' x 4-6' habit and is tolerant of soil moisture levels ranging from average to wet. The Flare Series Hibiscus were developed near San Antonio so in the the words of Heidi Sheesley they are 'Texas tough' as well as big and beautiful!
The Flare series perennial Hibiscus were developed by Sam McFadden and was selected as a Texas Superstar plant in 2010. Like the other Flare series Hibiscus this one tends to be compact as well as sterile and so spends more time flowering throughout summer instead of setting seeds to ripen.
The huge flowers and clump forming habit of the 'Hardy Hibiscus' make them excellent for adding bold summer color to the perennial garden and landscape. You can also use them as the center piece for large container gardens, in bog gardens, at the edges of ponds, or in any other sunny and consistently moist site.
The Perennial Hibiscus that we enjoy today were all bred using genetics from our US native species: Hibiscus moscheutos, H. grandiflorus, H. coccineus, H. dasycalyx, H. laevis and possibly others. Like the parent species, they are all slow to emerge in spring and wait for the signal of warmer soil temperatures before they begin to show themselves often leading the impatient gardener (myself included) to think that they are ready for the compost heap. These Perennial Hibiscus are simply smart enough to know to wait until all danger of frost has passed before raising their tender stems above the soil line.
These durable and hardy Hibiscus are clump forming, slowly developing larger and larger root masses from which more and more flowering stems can emerge each year. Remember, these are Hibiscus and so will enjoy a fertile soil as well as ample moisture during the growing season for the best flowering and growth. Otherwise the only maintenance that these perennials generally require is to remove the dead stems at the end of the year.