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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Space Oddity'

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Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Space Oddity
Hybridized by C. Black; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

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Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Bloom Color:
Pink
Coral/Apricot
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From 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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Joan On Feb 22, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Note courtesy of Charles Black, hybridizer (Posted with permission, on his behalf)

Space Oddity is one of the most colorful flowers we have seen. Its famous parent, 5th Dimension, often produces offspring that are paler versions of itself, but in this case the opposite happened. Space Oddity is a more vivid version of 5th Dimension, and, like 5th Dimension, the colors fade attractively during the day. The 6-8" blooms sometimes reflex when opening but flatten out later in the day. The bush is upright and similar in habit to 5th Dimension. Space Oddity is a very unusual cultivar, to say the least! It is the offspring of Rainbow Christie and 5th Dimension. Released from HVH in 2006.

Regional...

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

Clinton, Connecticut
Fort Lauderdale, Florida



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