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Fairy Hibiscus - Hibiscus poeppigii

Fairy Hibiscus - Hibiscus poeppigii


•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 6-12 feet tall, with a spread of 4-8 feet.

•Phenology: Deciduous shrub with lobed leaves and showy, trumpet-shaped flowers that are pink to lavender in color with dark red centers.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Blooms intermittently throughout the year, with peak flowering typically occurring in spring and summer.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy, loamy, or clay soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range of soil pH levels, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral soils (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Prefers consistently moist soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Suitable for tropical and subtropical landscapes, as well as mixed borders and butterfly gardens. Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

•Maintenance Tips: Fairy Hibiscus is relatively low-maintenance but may benefit from occasional pruning to maintain shape and remove dead or diseased branches. Prune after flowering to encourage bushier growth and more prolific flowering.

•Considerations: Fairy Hibiscus may be susceptible to pests such as aphids and whiteflies. Monitor regularly and treat as necessary with organic or chemical controls.

•Edible: The flowers of Fairy Hibiscus are edible and can be used to make teas, jams, and syrups.

•Medicinal Uses: Fairy Hibiscus has traditional medicinal uses in various cultures, including the treatment of digestive issues, respiratory ailments, and skin conditions.

•Toxicity to Pets: The foliage and flowers of Fairy Hibiscus are not known to be toxic to pets.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Fairy Hibiscus pairs well with other native species such as firebush (Hamelia patens) and coontie (Zamia integrifolia).

•Wildlife Benefit: Provides habitat, cover, and food for various wildlife species. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, while the foliage provides shelter for small birds and insects.

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