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Tropical Hibiscus 'Lipstick'

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: rosa-sinensis (RO-sa-sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Lipstick
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:


Fuchsia (red-purple)

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year





Provides Winter Interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Scottsdale, Arizona

Yuma, Arizona

Beaumont, California

Cupertino, California

Hayward, California

Indio, California

Mission Viejo, California

Pasadena, California

San Diego, California

Port Charlotte, Florida

Las Vegas, Nevada

Georgetown, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 29, 2014, debylutz from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

The flowers of 'Lipstick' are the most beautiful luscious pink. Mine has grown to nearly 15' and is very healthy with minimal care. It does best with regular water but tolerates neglect. Of course it gets bothered by giant whitefly in the summer, but I just hose off the sugary strings once a week to let the natural predators (wasps) do their work.


On Jan 1, 2014, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

A great Hibiscus for my area. Blooms most if not all year, fast growing,and once established needs only average watering. That's pretty good considering it likes hot sunny spots. Sends out DEEP roots is one reason why.
Very versatile..mine over the decade has been a potted Bonsai, a potted plant left to grow,and even has been dug up and moved twice. Survived,recovered and again grew fast.
A terrific tropical.


On May 21, 2008, jakthelad from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

There is no Hibiscus more attractive than this one. It has such vibrant deep pink flowers that bloom all summer long... BUT I live in Las Vegas and each and every one of them died in the winter. I have bought more though as I love them so much and I am planting them in the ground still in the containers so i can winter them in the garage. You will love this hibiscus if you get it, especially up against a bright yellow Esperansa.