- Common Name(s):
- Fireball hibiscus
- Perennials, Shrubs
What has showy, ten-inch red flowers from June through August? It’s the ‘Fireball’ hardy hibiscus! It has dazzled gardeners since its introduction in 2001. An attractive, tropical-looking perennial shrub, ‘Fireball’ reaches a mature height of 4 feet. Special to this plant is its ability to thrive in heat and humidity. Grow this tough perennial in full sun with evenly moist soil. In addition to its heat tolerance, this perennial hibiscus is cold hardy from Zone 5 to Zone 9. In other words, ‘Fireball’ can be grown anywhere in North Carolina.
‘Fireball’s’ combination of impressive red flowers and attractive, deeply cut green foliage with distinctive purple colored veins gives this plant charm for any sunny garden. Keep the soil from drying out and you’ll soon learn why this plant is a true showstopper!
Wildlife Value: Members of the genus Hibiscus support the following specialized bee: Ptilothrix bombiformis. It is also resistant to deer damage.
- 4 feet
- Flower Color:
- Bright deeply cut green with veins tinged with purple.
- Up to 10" wide, clear red flowers with delicate petals, blooms June through August and occasionally into fall.
- Thrives on full sun, high humidy, and heat. Needs evenly moist soil. Well-suited to the rear of a perennial boarder.
- Full sun to partial shade
- Evenly moist, well-drained
- 24-36 inches
NCCES plant id: 3083