Mars Madness hardy hibiscus

Mars Madness Hardy Hibiscus

Scientific Name

Hibiscus ‘Mars Madness’

Order

Malvales

Family

Malvaceae

Type

Perennial

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

23

Mars madness hardy hibiscus

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Physical Description

Mars Madness hardy hibiscus is adorned with magenta-red flowers that bloom in midsummer to fall and can reach eight inches in width. Dark, olive-green, maple-like leaves with hints of purple surround the flowers. This hybrid cultivar, derived from native parent species, prefers medium to wet soil in full sun to partial shade. This hibiscus, useful in wet areas, can be grown as an accent plant or in perennial borders.

Native Range

From cultivation

USDA Hardiness Zone

4–9

Average Mature Height

4 feet

Flower Color

Red

Flowering Months

July–September

Supports

Butterflies

Yellow flowers

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