Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Space Oddity'

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
Registered or introduced: 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

Regional

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

Clinton, Connecticut

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

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.