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PlantFiles: Wercklea
Wercklea ferox

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Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Wercklea (WERK-lee-a) (Info)
Species: ferox (FER-oks) (Info)

Synonym:Hibiscus ferox
Synonym:Hibiscus ferox var. metensis
Synonym:Hibiscus trichomathus

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Veined

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive SierraTigerLily On May 5, 2009, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

If Hemmingway said that once you're resigned to it, trees in winter are sculpture, then he really should have wintered in zone 10b. I added this plant to my garden reading nook and find myself inspired and mesmerized by its angling trunk, jurasic leaves and periodic bursts of crimson red and canary yellow flowers. It benefits from the shade of a hedge and a damp location. I think this could be a spectacular pond margin plant.

Regional...

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

Boca Del Mar, Florida
Kendall, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
South Venice, Florida



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