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PlantFiles: Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Satin'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: syriacus (seer-ee-AK-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Satin
Additional cultivar information: (PP12680; Satin series, aka Marina, Satin Blue)
Hybridized by Verweij; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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6 vendors have this plant for sale.

36 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:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive derbeh On Mar 19, 2013, derbeh from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

i've had my plant now for more than six years. i had to prune it back a LOT last month, as i was moving the plant from one location to another. i put all of the cuttings into a pot with soil and every one is sprouting. i'm looking forward to this plant blooming again this year. it's always a conversation piece among our gardeners.

Positive garyloveslucy On Apr 6, 2012, garyloveslucy from Jefferson City, MO wrote:

The BEST of the Rose of Sharons. Easy to grow, not invasive, does not set much seed (if so, pull them up as they don't come true from seed), drought tolerant, clay tolerant, and the most beautiful flowers on top of all of that. THE BEST!

Positive Bazuhi On Jun 9, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

My sister ordered actual plants back in 2008 from Blue Stone Perennials and I ended up with small plants from the seeds dropping from the parent plant. The actual flower from the seed looks just like the parent plant and I am quite pleased with this plant . I have 5 of them and keep them very short in a flower bed so that they look less like a bush... In the fall I trim the bush 2-3 inches down to the ground and then in the spring once it starts to really grow I trim leaving a few branches have a clean look and this does not affect flowering at all...

Positive BellefonteJen On Aug 24, 2009, BellefonteJen from Bellefonte, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very pretty blue color. I planted this two years ago, along with several pink varieties. The pink ones have grown much faster and are over 4 feet tall, while the blue is still under three feet tall. I may try to move it somewhere else in the garden. It looks kind of silly next to its taller brethren.

Positive mikesmets On Aug 2, 2009, mikesmets from Waterbury, CT wrote:

Bought this plant in the fall of 2007 from Park Seed. Looked like a dead 6-inch stick in a small pot when shipped. Had a bunch of blooms in the summer of 2008 even though the plant was less than 2 feet tall. Now, the summer of 2009, it is about 3 feet tall and covered in blossoms. Great plant.

Positive donicaben On Aug 11, 2008, donicaben from Ogdensburg, NY wrote:

Bought one this summer. It's not even two feet tall and is coverred in flowers/flowerbuds! Absolutely beautiful.

Looks a little silly though, being so small with such huge flowers on it! :-)

Positive passiflora_pink On Dec 19, 2007, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Blooms formed on mine the first year, although it was only about 18 inches tall. Survived record drought and 100 degree heat (though it had afternoon shade).

Positive Kiweed On Mar 1, 2007, Kiweed from Saratoga Springs, UT (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought this mail order, and moved shortly after, but was there long enough to see it put out an absolutely stunning flower...WOW! Surpassed all my expectations in flower color for a Rose of Sharon. My favorite variety yet. The pictures don't fully capture it. Beautiful mix of blue with hints of purple, and intense red eye, are captivating.

Positive PudgyMudpies On Jul 5, 2006, PudgyMudpies from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Got this last Fall and it was a small dormant stick, I did not expect to get any flowers for a few years. I had a small start of ROS Aphrodite that I planted snugged up against Blue Satin so they would grow as one. Blue Satin started leafing out this Spring and has bloomed like crazy at a foot tall! It opens a deep blue and then lightens through the day to a light blue/lavender. I posted a morning picture of the dark blue flower and then a picture from later in the day of the overall plant to show the color change. I can hardly wait to see the rose colored Aphrodite blooming along with the Blue Satin. I would highly recommend the Blue Satin if you want a true blue flower.

Positive crowellli On Apr 17, 2006, crowellli from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

All my altheas do well here in Houston, but I had to find room for this new blue one. I'm disappointed in the color, as here in our heat it's more of a lavender color and not the clear blue I'd seen advertised. Still a good summer bloomer though.


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

Pelham, Alabama
Los Angeles, California (2 reports)
Stockton, California
Waterbury, Connecticut
Wilmington, Delaware
Clermont, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Miami, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Downers Grove, Illinois
Roscoe, Illinois
Florence, Mississippi
Saucier, Mississippi
Jefferson City, Missouri (2 reports)
Kearney, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
Vineland, New Jersey
Constable, New York
Ogdensburg, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Kernersville, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Harrison Valley, Pennsylvania
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Orem, Utah

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