Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Matador'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Matador
Hybridized by Black
Registered or introduced: 2009
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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Red

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 28, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

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

'Matador' is a child of 'Dragon's Breath' on the maternal side and a grandchild of 'Gypsy Music' and 'The Path' on the paternal side. 'Matador' has the most vigorous, well-formed, easy-to-grow bush of all the 'Dragon's Breath' seedlings we have seen or grown. The bush is large, lush, fully branched, and very strong. The 6-8" flower is sometimes the deep burgundy of its mother, 'Dragon's Breath,' and sometimes a vivid, true red. Both colors are always very intense, contrasting with the bright white veins. 'Matador' opens reflexed, then flattens out later. The warmer the weather, the flatter it becomes. When the flower first opens, the pollen sacs are red - an unusual coloration for hybrid hibis... read more