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Red-Leaf Hibiscus, False Roselle, African Rose Mallow 'Panama Red'

Hibiscus acetosella

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: acetosella (a-kee-TOE-sell-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Panama Red
Additional cultivar information:(PP20121)
Hybridized by Ruter
Registered or introduced: 2009
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:


Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage


Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Brandon, Florida

Palm Harbor, Florida

Plant City, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Youngsville, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 29, 2017, trudybb from Youngsville, LA wrote:

I got 7 cuttings in a trade they called 'Haight Asbury' hibiscus in May 2016. On research that has variegated colored leaves but this has dark burgundy. They rooted easily in water. When they bloomed their one day flowers they were beautiful 2 1/2" deep burgundy too. They barely show because of being same color as foliage but are quite a spectacle blooming off & on thru Summer. In a pot the 6" cuttings got 24" in 6 months before going dormant for Winter. I brought them in my garage when temps fell below 40*. 2017 will be the 1st full year of growth so I'll update later.


On Oct 21, 2013, PMonfreda from Citrus Park, FL wrote:

Planted these around June 2013 and they have taken hold pretty quickly. I know that the description states that they grow to about 4' but mine are easily 5' plus and have had to be trimmed back twice so far. They seeded easily and now I have about 40 + plants in various sizes. I love the color that it adds to my landscaping. Great plant for the Tampa, FL area.