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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus, Cajun Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Black Dragon'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Dragon
Additional cultivar information: (Cajun Series)
Hybridized by Dupont

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27 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Dark Purple/Black
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cue_chik On Mar 3, 2011, cue_chik from Palm Coast, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Received seed for this plant as a trade. While flowers are stunning and plant is a profuse bloomer, it acts as an annual by setting many seeds before dying back in winter. My experience is that it does come true to seed, but watch out - if you don't collect the seed before they drop, they will sprout the following spring and can be prolific.

Positive Joan On Feb 11, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

2005 Hibiscus of the year!

Positive cat4gp On Aug 28, 2007, cat4gp from Palm Bay, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Black Dragon is an absolutely gorgeous dark purple to dark burgundy flower, 8-9" in diameter. She doesn't like as much water as most hibiscus, so be more sparing with her.


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

San Bernardino, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Austin, Texas

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