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Can you please tell me the name of the red hibiscus pictured in your article. I bought this one recently and was told it is "Chinese Lantern" but a google search of images shows a different flower to this one.
At last I have a name for the passalong I received last year. Thanks for the 'firbush' photo. I live in Missouri and brought this plant in where it lost all it's leaves and went into dormacy. I put cup of water on it each month but it really appeared to be nothing more than a big dead stick. When the temps were consistantly 60 degrees at night I burried the pot in the ground. OMG what a delight. I just found out what a great cut flower it is as well. I combined with zinnias and it's still going strong 4 days later.
Oh, so it's (Turk's Cap) not a hibiscus at all then? I've planted it out into the ground and pruned it. It's now covered in buds/foliage again. Haven't seen any seed pods - but we don't have any bees here (remote Arnhem Land in Oz) Seems to really love the tropics so will have to make sure it doesn't "escape".
How nice it is to have responses as far away as Australia, California, and Missouri! Those of us who are gardeners have many things in common, don't we? Best of luck, all of you with your Turk's cap and other plants and gardening activities.