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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Flaming Wind'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Flaming Wind

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive htop On Aug 11, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

The tag (Color Spot Nurseries) stated that this hibiscus would grow between 13 and 16 inches tall and 13 to 15 inches wide. Dummy me, I bought 6 of them thinking that they were true dwarf plants. This is misleading because the plant is dwarf size only because it has had a growth hormone appled to it. After the growth hormone "wears off", the plant will be its normal size which is listed on many sites as being about 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. This should be stated on the tag. I found this out after I completed much research after buyiing the plants. One is not able to buy the growth hormone so I have had the plants a couple of years and have kept them rootbound in very small containers in an attempt to control their size. I am so glad that I did not plant them in the ground at the recommended spacing of 15 inches as stated on the tag. They are now about 2 feet tall and wide. The blooms are 4 to 5 inches across and very beautiful.

I have kept these plants in small containers and prune them back a lot each year. They grow to about 3 feet tall each season.

Update 2/3/08: The plants are now growing to about 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Avondale, Arizona
San Antonio, Texas

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