Rose of Sharon, Shrub Althea 'Lavender Chiffon'

Hibiscus syriacus

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: syriacus (seer-ee-AK-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Lavender Chiffon
Additional cultivar information:(PP12619, aka Lavender Chiffon, Notwoodone)
Hybridized by Woods
Registered or introduced: 2000
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



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:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

San Diego, California

Bartow, Florida

Deland, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Swansea, Massachusetts

Cleveland, Mississippi

Saint Peters, Missouri

Metuchen, New Jersey

Kernersville, North Carolina

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Yukon, Oklahoma

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Lexington, Virginia

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 31, 2015, Kimeen from Williston, FL wrote:

Our home is southwest of Gainesville, FL, and when we moved here from Tampa we discovered that H. Rosa-sinensis won't take the winters here. But H. syriacus laughs at them; my 'Lavender Chiffon' is the size of a tree (possibly because it's near our septic tank drainfield) and is covered with blooms all summer; the 'White Chiffon' is smaller but equally floriferous, even though it's in a site that gets no winter protection. You can take hardwood cuttings (works best in late summer) with a little Rootone and grow them up in a year or so. Love these plants!


On Aug 13, 2004, deedeeb from DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Remember, this is not a tropical Hibiscus. Lavendar Chiffon grows beautifully in Central Florida. I love the blooms, but couldn't grow it well in the heat of S. Florida, where growing tropical Hibiscus comes naturally. This was one of the first plants I purchased, along with White Chiffon, when I moved to DeLand,