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Hibiscus syriacus 'Lucy'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: syriacus (seer-ee-AK-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Lucy

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
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 StolenMoments On Jan 27, 2009, StolenMoments from Petersburg, IN wrote:

I love this little Althea, the color of the blooms are so VIVID and striking. Almost a magenta. If you think all Rose of Sharons are common, you need to see this plant. Blooms are true doubles and last for almost 3 mths here in Indiana. It looks striking with Pink Delight Butterfly Bush, the bloom colors are almost identical and so are the bloom times. I have 2 down by our firepit, planted in rock with zero care and they thrived. Can see blooms from the house and road no problem. I bought mine from a farm store for $5 each. Love a good

Positive saltmarsh On Aug 12, 2008, saltmarsh from Water Valley, MS (Zone 7a) wrote:

Birds love the seed, so please do leave the seed pods to develop after the flower is finished.


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

Brookfield, Illinois
Homewood, Illinois
Troy, Illinois
Petersburg, Indiana
Arkansas City, Kansas
Salina, Kansas
Galesburg, Michigan
Water Valley, Mississippi
West Babylon, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Gaffney, South Carolina
San Antonio, Texas
West Dummerston, Vermont

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