Red-Leaf Hibiscus, False Roselle, African Rose Mallow
Hibiscus acetosella 'Haight Ashbury'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: acetosella (a-kee-TOE-sell-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Haight Ashbury
Additional cultivar information:(PP19228)
Hybridized by Aoki
Registered or introduced: 2007
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Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Burgundy

Good Fall Color

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

This plant is resistant to deer

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

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Phoenix, Arizona

Lakewood, California

North Hollywood, California

Pleasanton, California

Redlands, California

San Bernardino, California

San Leandro, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Valparaiso, Florida

Mesilla Park, New Mexico

Hartsville, South Carolina

Elizabethton, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 7, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- We planted 2 Haight Ashbury last fall and were warned that it might not be freeze hardy. Only one survived, but I don't believe it was the 28F freeze that killed it. It just seemed to be less healthy than the survivor. It remains to be seen if the survivor will make it through a summer.

Positive

On Jan 17, 2011, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

I will be getting a rooted cutting from a friend this spring. He took cuttings from the mother plant this fall, and the mother plant had never bloomed. The cuttings however, rooted in water and placed in a window, rooted and bloomed!

Positive

On Sep 28, 2007, lindakilgore10 from Dothan, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought thid plant in a one gallon container about three montsh ago and it has grown over 10 feet tall and very wide.I live in zone 8b so I am going to try and over winter it.The man that I bought it from told me to just cut it back and cover it with with straw.So I will see.I am still waiting for it to bloom,but as i noticed above that it will not bloom untill fall or eary winter.It is a very easy plant to root.No need to add rooting hormone,just stick it in dirt and it will take off.Anyone ever need some just let me know.