Red Water Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)

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About a month ago, I came upon this flower in the pond and water garden section at Humber Nurseries. I was quite surprised to find a hibiscus that thrives in swampy wetlands where its roots are submerged underwater most of the year.

The price tag was too steep for my wallet ($41.99) and the plant too big (they grow very tall) and water-loving for any space I can provide, but I am told it will survive here (about zone 6b).

Surprising, don’t you think?

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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4 thoughts on “Red Water Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)

  1. Very! Hibiscus are super popular here in Houston, where we have swamp like conditions a lot, but never freezing temperatures. I am currently harvesting my hibiscus roselle (jamaica) for tea.

  2. I’m in 5a/b so it will go with my lotus indoor, I have a few Hibiscus sinensis but this one look more red than my red one

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