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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Red'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: moscheutos (mos-KEW-tos) (Info)
Cultivar: Luna Red
Additional cultivar information: (PP16155, Luna Series, aka Red Luna, Bahlibred)
Hybridized by Leue; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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22 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

24-36 in. (60-90 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
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
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jv123 On Feb 15, 2015, jv123 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very vigorous hibiscus, and loaded with huge dinner plate sized flowers reliably by August every year. Mine still hasn't been frozen to the ground yet this winter, and it's looking like it won't this year. Last year it grew to 4 feet high, who knows what'll happen this year? The base is getting very large around, it's more like a tree now.

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Dec 7, 2011, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Does great partially shaded here . I had three in full sun all died in this drought of 2011 . The six I have partially shaded are all doing well.

Neutral jgrode On Sep 1, 2011, jgrode from Chicago, IL wrote:

Is this plant (the flowers) edible? I'd like to make a tea like

Thank you for any information!

Neutral canadianplant On Jun 18, 2011, canadianplant from thunder bay
Canada (Zone 4b) wrote:

This is an interesting plant. First, I never thought any hibiscus would survive in canada, let alone, here. Second, I bought this labeled as "Hibiscus Syriacus "Luna Red" from home depot last year. I found out that it isnt Syriacus, but Moscheutos ( why they do that ill never know).

My city is usualy regarded as zone 3a but when you break it down, there are narrow bands or warmer zones, the closer to the lake you go. Im lucky enough to be on the border of the warmest zone ( zone say zone 5a!!) and the one next ( 4b) and to get a relitivly reliable deep snow pack ( usualy 3 feet).

This Hibiscus managed to survive here, and is growing like a weed!. I noticed it coming back from the roots a few days ago, after a sort of weird spring ( sort of cool and wet, but nothing like areas around me). I didnt use any special soil, and I dont fertilize ( cept with compost) and its even planted in a sort of higher spot then the surrounding soil. The only protection it got, was an inch or 2 of leaves around the bottom before the hard hard frosts set.

Give it tons of sun, thats the only thing I really made sure I did. These should be tried in places where they are not thought to grow cause its "too cold"

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

Have some different ones from years ago so I had to add these to my collection.. I obtained them from the local Home Depot in 2010 and so far this year I am getting the new shoots coming up the first week of June.. Looks good so far. I have mine surrounded by cages I make using the vinyl coated garden fencing to help them stay up once the flowers arrive which I find is a big help.

Positive JodyC On Aug 7, 2006, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is new series of hibiscus...I added it was Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping only after it becomes established...This hibiscus grow about 2' tall and 2' wide..with massive flowers from 6 to 7 inches across...Luna is shorter so is great for mass.It's ideal for perennial borders, as hedging and in pots.These plants are heavy feeders,double up on feeding if blooming slows or foliage begins to show yellow.

Positive cseros On Jun 24, 2006, cseros from Jackson, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

huge 10 in. maroon blooms, not red
partial shade to full sun
comes back more full and beautiful each year


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

Dothan, Alabama
Bradenton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Nokomis, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Norcross, Georgia
Suwanee, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Hayden, Idaho
Chicago, Illinois
Downers Grove, Illinois
Norton, Massachusetts
Garden City, Michigan
Jackson, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Hebron, Nebraska
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Glens Falls, New York
Clemmons, North Carolina
Hamlet, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Enid, Oklahoma
Stayton, Oregon
North Augusta, South Carolina
Saluda, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Middleton, Tennessee
Pocahontas, Tennessee
Belton, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Granbury, Texas
Temple, Texas
Amelia Court House, Virginia
Disputanta, Virginia
Hampton, Virginia (2 reports)
Bremerton, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Sauk City, Wisconsin

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