Red-Leaf Hibiscus, False Roselle, African Rose Mallow 'Haight Ashbury'

Hibiscus acetosella

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: acetosella (a-kee-TOE-sell-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Haight Ashbury
Additional cultivar information:(PP19228)
Hybridized by Aoki
Registered or introduced: 2007
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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


Lakewood, California

North Hollywood, California

Pleasanton, California

Redlands, California

San Bernardino, California

San Leandro, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Valparaiso, Florida

Youngsville, Louisiana

Mesilla Park, New Mexico

Hartsville, South Carolina

Elizabethton, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 9, 2015, mullarkyp from Tucson, AZ wrote:

Have had Haight Ashbury for 2 years. Planted in a 14" pot. It is on the patio and receives full sun until noon, then it is in shade. Winter it in my greenhouse and bring it out when the night temperature is about 45. Pruned it down from 5 feet in the winter.It is doing very well this spring and flowering. Give it balanced fertilizer monthly.


On Mar 7, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- We planted 2 Haight Ashbury last fall and were warned that it might not be freeze hardy. Only one survived, but I don't believe it was the 28F freeze that killed it. It just seemed to be less healthy than the survivor. It remains to be seen if the survivor will make it through a summer.
added Dec. 2015 -- The plant made it through the summer fine and bloomed. However it is in heavy shade and has become etiolated. it is now over 6 foot tall.
added June 2016 -- it then came through winter okay and leafed out in spring. But after leafing our it rapidly died -- don't know why.


On Jan 17, 2011, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

I will be getting a rooted cutting from a friend this spring. He took cuttings from the mother plant this fall, and the mother plant had never bloomed. The cuttings however, rooted in water and placed in a window, rooted and bloomed!


On Sep 28, 2007, lindakilgore10 from Dothan, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought thid plant in a one gallon container about three montsh ago and it has grown over 10 feet tall and very wide.I live in zone 8b so I am going to try and over winter it.The man that I bought it from told me to just cut it back and cover it with with straw.So I will see.I am still waiting for it to bloom,but as i noticed above that it will not bloom untill fall or eary winter.It is a very easy plant to root.No need to add rooting hormone,just stick it in dirt and it will take off.Anyone ever need some just let me know.