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Hibiscus acetosella 'Panama Red'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: acetosella (a-kee-TOE-sell-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Panama Red
Additional cultivar information: (PP20121)
Hybridized by Ruter; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2009

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PMonfreda On Oct 21, 2013, PMonfreda from Citrus Park, FL wrote:

Planted these around June 2013 and they have taken hold pretty quickly. I know that the description states that they grow to about 4' but mine are easily 5' plus and have had to be trimmed back twice so far. They seeded easily and now I have about 40 + plants in various sizes. I love the color that it adds to my landscaping. Great plant for the Tampa, FL area.


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

Brandon, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Tampa, Florida

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