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Hibiscus coccineus 'Alba'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: coccineus (kok-SIN-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BUFFY690 On Aug 17, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Germinating seed this winter for this one, from an out of the blue source :0)

Positive lostintexas On Aug 4, 2007, lostintexas from Abilene, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have the red version which I guess is more prevalent. First time I saw this plant was this year and loved the leaves on it. Then when I saw the bloom what a bonus. Great plant. Upright growth and shapely leaves and then the blooms are huge and gorgeous.

Positive dmj1218 On Jun 6, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

White version of our beloved Texas Star Hibiscus. The seeds from this variation do indeed, for the most part, bloom white. A few red are found, but they are easy to tell apart long before they bloom. The growing habits and leaves of the alba variety are different from the red. The red variety leaves have a red tinge to the stems and leaves. The alba variety does not. My experience has been that the alba variety has much more side shoots, and thus more flowers, than the red variety. It is also amazingly drought tolerant (as opposed to the red variation) when well established--height here is 7'-9'.


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

, (2 reports)
Brooksville, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fayetteville, Georgia
Leesburg, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Baltimore, Maryland
Lucedale, Mississippi (2 reports)
Cleves, Ohio
Newtown, Pennsylvania
Bluffton, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
Abilene, Texas
Austin, Texas
Azle, Texas
Bedias, Texas
Belton, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Jacksonville, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Oakhurst, Texas
Rhome, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Willis, Texas

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