Stardust hardy hibiscus

Stardust Hardy Hibiscus

Scientific Name

Hibiscus ‘Stardust’

Order

Malvales

Family

Malvaceae

Type

Perennial

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

3

Stardust hardy hibiscus

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Physical Description

Stardust hardy hibiscus blooms in late summer to early fall. Its neon pink flowers have bright red centers and can grow 10 inches wide. They grow on purple stems surrounded by medium green foliage with purple hues. This perennial is a hybrid cultivar, derived from native hardy hibiscus species, that prefers medium to wet soil in full sun to partial shade. Useful in wet areas, it is often grown as an accent plant or in perennial borders. The plant’s pollen-covered stamen attracts bees and other pollinators, and its large flowers are a browse favorite for the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Native Range

From cultivation

USDA Hardiness Zone

4–9

Average Mature Height

3.5 feet

Flower Color

Light 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.