Common name: Rose of Sharon, Althea
Plant Link: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/788/
I have this plant growing in my front yard. It does well here in Gray, Louisiana. When I purchased it, I asked for a double flower variety. It looks just like the picture above.
Very beautiful. I think it would look nice with purple-lavender-pink azaleas like Purple Formosa and George Tabor, both of which can take considerable sun.
Perhaps the plant is receiving too much water. Mine did this and I discovered that they develop root rot very easily. They need to be watered infrequently once established. In fact, I hardly ever water mine. Just when we have not had much rain. They also need a fast draining soil.
beautiful plant. i have some plants like this in my back yard.
it seems to thrive on its own.
I agree with htop. Although I live in a different zone, 6, I rarely water mine and it is beautiful, especially this year, even with all the heat.
We rarely water ours and they are doing fine. Getting bigger every year.
I just planted 4 of these in my West Virginia garden. I wanted a single-flowered variety because I've heard they attract hummingbirds, butterflies & bees. I ended up with these double-flowered bushes. The blooms are beautiful. Just wondering if I will be getting hummers, butterflies or bees on these also. It seems that the old-fashioned single flowered variety of anything attracts more nectar-lovers. Will those of you with these double-flowered blooms let me know your experience? Thanks!
This message was edited Aug 21, 2006 1:04 PM