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PlantFiles: Sleepy Hibiscus
Hibiscus furcellatus

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: furcellatus (fer-sel-LAH-tus) (Info)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Jan 10, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Lindenleaf Rosemallow or Sleepy Hibiscus (Hibiscus furcellatus) is native to the wet and dry areas such as thickets, watersides, alongside ditches, pine flatwoods, marshes, wet or dry flatwoods and similar habitats in eastern and southeast Florida on the east coast from Brevard County south through Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties to Broward County with an isolated population in Highlands County. It has large, highly attractive mauve or deep purple or to pink or light purple flowers. This is a great native alternative for southeast and east-central Florida to the more commonly sold non-native species of hibiscus. The flowers of this species also benefits wildlife by attracting pollinating insects. This plant grows as a somewhat spreading shrub in the wild. It is very suitable for a native plant or wildlife garden and should be highly encouraged and sold more often in southern and east-central Florida. Great for wildlife or for a native plant garden!

MORE FACTS - Grows from zone 9a south to zone 10b. Found wild in wet or dry sites: pine flatwoods, ditches, sandy areas, thickets, watersides, alongside ditches, marshes and similar in-between habitats. Native to Florida (U.S.). Also grows in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jan 5, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This delicate plant with its inverted bell-like flowers is especially adapted to be pollinated by hummingbirds.

The plants are fairly easy to propagate from directly sown seeds and cuttings. It likes very moist soil, but will tolerate much drier conditions, so it is adaptable.

They should be more widely used in landscaping in tropical southern Florida.

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