Hibiscus Species, Swamp Hibiscus, North Cape Hibiscus

Hibiscus diversifolius

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: diversifolius (dy-ver-sih-FOH-lee-us) (Info)
Synonym:Furcaria diversifolia
Synonym:Hibiscus paludosus
Synonym:Hibiscus persicifolius
Synonym:Hibiscus scaber
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Pale Yellow

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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

Fresno, California

San Diego, California

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

Lafayette, Tennessee

Crockett, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 27, 2010, natureguyfrog from San Diego, CA wrote:

The (Afican) Swamp Hibiscus is what seems appropriate for me to call it... as that is where it was collected by Gary Hammer 20+ years ago. I have seed grown plants from the original one purchased at Gary Hammer's retail Desert To Jungle Nursery (L.A. area in CA) I also want to remind people that H. coccinea of SE USA is also called the Swamp Hibiscus...this can be confusing using just common names!

This hibiscus is quite easy to grow and will reseed to some extent. Contrary to some opinions I have found it to be adaptable to moderately dry conditions where leaves remain small and growth is not as lush. It is ever-green to partially ever-green in my central San Diego area (92105). It thrives with extra pruning especially early winter here. Has never died to the ground but wi... read more


On Jul 13, 2007, dave3877 from Crockett, TX wrote:

i have wild swamp hibiscuses growing next to my pond here in east texas but they are creamy yellow white. i have lots of seeds. blooming right now (whats left at least). i have photos.


On Nov 19, 2003, mrsmitty from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Along the St. John's river in Central Florida these plants grow in abundance. Most have varigated leaves of silver and green. I suppose they need plenty of moisture to grow in a green house or in a yard.


On Mar 23, 2002, HibLady wrote:

H. diversifolius is native to S. Australia (i.e., grows in a temperate zone), in Hibiscus Section Furcaria, most of which are also hardy perennial.


On Jul 26, 2001, eltel from Macclesfield, CHESHIRE (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hibiscus diversifolious - aka Swamp Hibiscus. A native of tropical Africa and Asia but has been introduced to Central and South America. A small shrub to 3 4 feet, it is often grown as an annual, but in pots as a perennial for cultivation in a warm house. The plant is listed as Zone 10 (European). Care is needed when handling the plant as the stems, leaves, and particularly the seed pods, are covered in tiny thorns. The flowers are solitary, cream or pale yellow with a maroon centre (see picture). Easy to raise from seed or cuttings sown under glass in Spring.