Red-Leaf Hibiscus, False Roselle, African Rose Mallow
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
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 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:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Burgundy

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:

Patented

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

Regional

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

Brandon, Florida

Palm Harbor, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.