The Darkest Rose Mallow Yet!


Heartthrob Rose Mallow

1-Quart
Item # 32328
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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Heartthrob' PPAF

Compact and so floriferous!
Plant Patent Applied For.

Out to wow you with huge blooms that open from nearly black buds, this Rose Mallow is certain to become the centerpiece of your sunny perennial bed. Where else can you get nearly foot-wide blooms of richest maroon, trimmed in charcoal-black?

Appearing in mid- to late summer, the flowers reach 8 to 10 inches wide and sport a black center and black veining. The burgundy-maroon petals are slightly ruffled, adding texture to their tremendous size, and they arise in great numbers all season long. Glossy and perfectly rounded, they are simply amazing.

'Heartthrob' reaches 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide, very densely branched, it makes a lovely low hedge or color ribbon through the sunny garden. The foliage is fresh green and quite large, providing the perfect backdrop to those eye-popping blooms.

This Rose Mallow asks only for good soil drainage and plenty of sunshine to grow and bloom its best. Give it enriched soil for best flowering, and it will grow into the ideal hedge or color ribbon for your landscape! Zones 4-9.

Genus Hibiscus
Species moscheutos
Variety 'Heartthrob'
PPAF PPAF
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Season Mid Summer - Late Summer
Habit Compact
Plant Height 4 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower
Bloom Color Black, Dark Burgundy, Dark Maroon
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Hedge, Outdoor
Restrictions Guam, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, Arizona
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  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Hibiscus moscheutos

Planting:

Set plants out in a loose, moisture retentive soil enriched with generous amounts of well-decomposed organic matter. Full sun to light shade is required. Space plants 18 to 36 inches part.


Maintenance:

A mulch is recommended to preserve summer moisture; do not allow plants to dry out during the growing season. Cut back hardened brown stalks to the ground in the fall, or in early spring, before new growth begins.

Toward the northern limit of their range, a winter mulch of pine straw of salt hay is recommended. H. moscheutos is slow to break dormancy in the spring - so be careful not to remove it accidentally. More drought tolerant than other species and varieties.


Zones:

Zones 5-10

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.