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Hibiscus Midnight Marvel

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'

A flowering machine, with massive blooms!

Item # 31523

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'Midnight Marvel' earns its name with every leaf and flower it sets! The darkest Rose Mallow yet -- its foliage is even more violet-purple than 'Kopper King' -- it is a standout in any setting. After a brilliant purple show in spring and summer, the leaves turn a fiery orange for fall! But the foliage is just part of its glory. It also sets huge, deep red blooms from midsummer until frost, simply covering itself in color for 3 months or more each year!

The handsome, maple-shaped leaves on this fast-growing Rose Mallow reach nearly a foot long, and are very abundantly borne on this well-branched, imposing perennial. Absolutely show-stopping, they make 'Midnight Marvel' an excellent choice for a specimen as well as a hedge, accent planting, or border standout. And the color refuses to green out in summer, even in fiery heat.

By midsummer the plant is studded with long, elegantly twisted buds, which open to beautifully veined massive carmine-red blooms. A true red Hibiscus is a rarity, and 'Midnight Marvel' offers a dark, pleasing shade of crimson that sets it apart from all others. The flowers continue until the first hard frost, recovering nicely from those light frosts that dot autumn nights in many areas.

With the first run of cooler fall weather, the foliage turns brilliant shades of orange, remaining on the plant for many weeks before dropping. This adds a whole new dimension to the color palette, the red blooms combining boldly with the orange leaves. Talk about fall color!

H. moscheutos is native to the southeast United States, thriving in swamps, marshes, and wet meadows. If grown in very moist soil, it will probably be somewhat larger in size and heavier in bloom, provided it receives full sun and good hot summers. It can withstand short periods of drought, but the flower count will be affected. It doesn't mind heavy or clay soils, and needs heat and sun to grow its best. Low maintenance, very long-blooming, and so colorful, it is a must-have for the garden! Zones 4-9

Review Summary
(Based on 4 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


We love the color and it loves the heat, but...
JD from CA wrote on September 04, 2017:

I am in zone 9 in So. California. This was my first time ordering a bare root plant (4 of them), so I was a little skeptical. I planted them all in early summer, and by August we had several huge, gorgeous crimson blooms. My wife was blown away. The only problem was that the blooms lasted for only a day because we had a scorching summer (100+ for weeks). The flowers just wilted by the end of the day. We found that misting them in the evening gave us another day or so. I will be moving them to a shadier spot for next year, but there were a prolific number of huge blooms on all four plants up and into September.

A Real Marvel!
David from NC wrote on October 14, 2016:

A fantastic hibiscus! It just keeps blooming and blooming with large, dark read flowers. It outperforms some wild marsh hibiscus, as well as Texas Star, Jazzberry Jam, and Summer Storm varieties. Tolerates the hot NC summer and occasional ponding water. Japanese beetles tend to leave it alone and deer only occasionally nibble on it.

Angie from KS wrote on July 29, 2016:

A stunning plant!!! I saw one a few years ago in a businesses plantings and researched to find out the name. I found one in a local nursery and it has exceeded my dreams!! Wow! The plant leaves are gorgeous in dark hues and the blooms are deep dark burgandy red and huge! So many blooms !!! Highly recommend this magestic plant.

Totally HAPPY!
Sandra Mason from NE wrote on August 22, 2012:

We bought 10 of these Midnight Hibiscus. We are AMAZED at how they grew, have SO many buds on them and BLOOM beautiful red flowers everyday! They are gorgeous and so is the foliage. They love sunshine and plenty of water! We are so happy with them and the service we get! Thanks so much!

Hibiscus moscheutos


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.


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 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.