Little Prince hardy hibiscus

Little Prince Hardy Hibiscus

Scientific Name

Hibiscus ‘Little Prince’

Order

Malvales

Family

Malvaceae

Type

Perennial

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

4

Little Prince hardy hibiscus

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Physical Description

Little Prince hardy hibiscus has dark green, maple-like leaves and 10-inch wide, mauve flowers with red centers that bloom in mid-summer to fall. This hibiscus prefers medium to wet soil in full sun to partial shade and can be grown as an accent plant or in perennial borders. This hybrid cultivar is a result of crossing selections of native species: Hibiscus moscheutos and Hibiscus coccineus. Its pollen-covered stamen attracts bees and other pollinators and its large flowers area a browse favorite at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Native Range

From cultivation

USDA Hardiness Zone

4–9

Average Mature Height

2.5 feet

Flower Color

Pink

Flowering Months

July–September

Supports

Butterflies

Yellow flowers

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Join fellow nature lovers for a free, guided tour of Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse plant life and ecosystems. During each tour, a zoo horticulturist will point out interesting species in bloom, answer questions from guests, and discuss the horticulture program’s past, present, and future.

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An Accredited Arboretum

In 2019, Lincoln Park Zoo earned Level II arboretum accreditation in recognition of the Horticulture staff’s ongoing effort to identify, label, and monitor the more than 330 species of trees, shrubs, and woody plants represented across the 49-acre park.