West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

The flowers are small, I dont see many seedheads, and the middle of the flower is very odd looking! I thought, perhaps purpureus 'Variegata' before they created the variegated leaves variety as this has green leaves and these buds open instead of closing.

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Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

It does look a lot like H syriacus 'Minerva"

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

It does look similar, but especially the first photo looks like male parts coming out where petals are, the variety you think it is doesnt have that feature.

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

This plant has nearly no seed pods, the few pods it managed to grow are long and slender, almost like common milkweed pods without the spines. I'll get photo once pods are mature.

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Here's the seed pods, strange shape!

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Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

It looks like you have had some sort of insect chewing on your plant....Thrips are a problem for ROS and it looks like something has pierced the buds. Perhaps that accounts for the deformity.

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

The seeds from this sprouted so not sterile, though the whole plant only had 5 seed pods mature with very few seeds inside.

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

One seedling was white!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Hi Keith. Did you purchase this plant or was it a volunteer, one you grew from seed or a cutting?

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Purchased plant long time ago

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Just passing on some info. I have 'Aphrodite' and it is not exactly seedless or sterile but much more so than regular H. syriacus.

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Newintro/hibiscus.pdf


Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I have discovered that a lot of the "goddess" named ROS do not produce seeds heavily and since they are crosses, the seeds rarely breed true to color.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Exactly.

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Quote from Cville_Gardener :
Just passing on some info. I have 'Aphrodite' and it is not exactly seedless or sterile but much more so than regular H. syriacus.

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Newintro/hibiscus.pdf




True, it barely had any seeds, and half of the pods it had fell off before seeds even matured. I was lucky to get 3 pods but only about 8 seeds sprouted.

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Quote from themoonhowl :
I have discovered that a lot of the "goddess" named ROS do not produce seeds heavily and since they are crosses, the seeds rarely breed true to color.


That's why I was curious if the seeds were sterile. They weren't, so now I'm curious what the offspring will look like.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Me too. Post the results over on the Hibiscus forum when the time comes, will you?

'Aphodite'

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West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Quote from Cville_Gardener :
Me too. Post the results over on the Hibiscus forum when the time comes, will you?

'Aphodite'


Sure, will do!

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