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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachel'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Erin Rachel
Additional cultivar information: (aka Erin Rachael, Bahama Bay Tropical Hibiscus series)
Hybridized by Schlueter

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By air layering

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive floreseta On Feb 20, 2015, floreseta from Port Charlotte, FL wrote:

This hibiscus which I've been nurturing for over 4 years was growing quite slowly at first. I planted it outside a couple of years ago next to the house where it can get plenty of sun, with a bit of shade from the roof. It was just growing up, and not out to start with, and only had one branch. I cut it back, saving the branch for a cutting.

It has brushed out very nicely, with several branches it's about 18 inches wide and high. It is covered with buds and flowers. I love the bright flowers which last two days. I recently planted the cutting outside too. It flowered a couple of times, but like it's mum, has only one branch,.so I'll cut it back too. I plan to have a few planted next to each other. I've had several compliments from neighbours.

Positive Beach_Barbie On Jan 1, 2008, Beach_Barbie from Kure Beach, NC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a great plant. Very reliable bloomer, well-shaped plant and not that fussy about location.
I highly recommend this cultivar for those just getting into tropical hibiscus.

Positive Toxicodendron On Jan 13, 2006, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is another coop liner I bought last March.
I love this plant. Not only are the blooms a knock-out color combo, the plant really sets a high bud count. It forms a nice bushy plant with attractive glossy foliage.
The blooms are only about 5 inches across, but often there are several open the same day (even on my 9 month old zone 6 shade-grown specimen).
Highly recommend this one.


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

Indio, California
Laguna Niguel, California
San Bernardino, California
San Jose, California (2 reports)
San Leandro, California
Port Charlotte, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Rockport, Texas

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