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PlantFiles: Tropical Hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Kiss And Tell'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Kiss And Tell

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

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


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:
Unknown - Tell us

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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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RobertWM On Sep 27, 2006, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

Like all the tropical hibiscus, this one must come in for the winter and then go back out to the patio in spring. It's quite a shy bloomer and must be coaxed to give you buds. Why keep it? Because when you can finally get it to bloom, it's gorgeous, much more striking than any of the pictures, very ruffled deep crimson red with an almost black eye and bubblegum pink edge. Worth giving your space to and a pretty leaf but I wish it bloomed more.


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

Chariton, Iowa
Clawson, Michigan

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