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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Fantasia'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: moscheutos (mos-KEW-tos) (Info)
Cultivar: Fantasia
Additional cultivar information: (PP11853)
Hybridized by Zwetzig/Fleming; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
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 softwood 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
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Meredith79 On Oct 14, 2006, Meredith79 from Southeastern, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Beautiful blooms, I had mine planted in a location that received sun from about 8 am until about 2 pm. It did good, but seemed to bloom a bit later in the season than other Hibiscus I've seen growing in more sun in my neighbors yards. Mine started blooming August 25th, around the same time I started seeing damage from what I later found out was Hibiscus sawfly larvae. I've found out that if hand control is not enough, it can be treated with a product that contains spinosad. I'm not sure what this product is, and I probably won't use it unless it's safe for other wildlife. The larvae are often confused with caterpillars, which is what I thought they were at first. Being a butterfly lover I was sceptical about squishing them, until I saw they were not growing larger and they were skeletonizing the leaves. Now I will be ready for the buggers next season! Hopefully I will be able to find a way to control them organically.

Positive Debby On Sep 2, 2004, Debby from Milo, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Fantasia is an excellent grower for me. She is a very sturdy well bred hibiscus and has the gorgeous large Pink flowers, which some call Lavender.


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

Farmersburg, Indiana
Milo, Iowa
Hudson, New Hampshire
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Cookeville, Tennessee
Salt Lake City, Utah

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