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Hibiscus acetosella is often confused with:
Acer palmatum  Acer Palmatum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia splendens Salvia splendens
Pontederia cordata Pontederia cordata
Cornus kousa Cornus kousa

Cranberry Hibiscus Hibiscus acetosella

Phonetic Spelling
hih-BIS-kus a-sey-toe-SELL-ah
Description

While you probably think of the flowers when you hear the name hibiscus, the foliage is what makes Hibiscus acetosella stand out. Rapidly adding 2.5 feet (maximum per season) across and 5 feet in height (maximum per season), they perform best in average to moist but not wet soil.

Places to Plant: Cottage garden, border, specimen plant, containers, or hedge are great places to plant Hibiscus acetosella. Even though it may be grown only as an annual, these locations could have more variety and foliage texture by adding Hibiscus acetosella. Pruning may have to take place if grown in a container. If you are wanting to add different colors to your landscape, add this plant (with its colorful leaves) with other plants that have green or silver leaves or grass blades. If you are growing this plant as an annual, Hibiscus acetosella could be a winter houseplant.

 

Wildlife Value:   Members of the genus Hibiscus support the following specialized bee: Ptilothrix bombiformis.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Haight Ashbury’ (US PPAF)
    leaves resemble marjiuana
  • ‘Jungle Red’
    deeply dissected palmate leaves
  • 'Mahogony Splendor'
  • 'Maple Sugar’ (US PP16,286)
    burgundy black leaves
  • ‘Panama Bronze’ (PPAF)
    deeply dissected purple-bronze
  • ‘Panama Red’ (PPAF)
    deeply dissected bright red leaves and flowers
  • 'Red Shield'
    most common, deep burgandy
Tags:
#bees#sun#full sun#summer#maroon#specimen#container plant#wildlife plant#red flowers#crimson#nectar plant#showy leaves#cottage garden#hedges#specialized bees#rapid growth rate#interesting foliage#grows fast#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Haight Ashbury’ (US PPAF)
    leaves resemble marjiuana
  • ‘Jungle Red’
    deeply dissected palmate leaves
  • 'Mahogony Splendor'
  • 'Maple Sugar’ (US PP16,286)
    burgundy black leaves
  • ‘Panama Bronze’ (PPAF)
    deeply dissected purple-bronze
  • ‘Panama Red’ (PPAF)
    deeply dissected bright red leaves and flowers
  • 'Red Shield'
    most common, deep burgandy
Tags:
#bees#sun#full sun#summer#maroon#specimen#container plant#wildlife plant#red flowers#crimson#nectar plant#showy leaves#cottage garden#hedges#specialized bees#rapid growth rate#interesting foliage#grows fast#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hibiscus
    Species:
    acetosella
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Hibiscus support the following specialized bee: Ptilothrix bombiformis.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Winter
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are usually maroon (brownish-red) or crimson. These inconspicuous flowers are about 2 inches. Unlike most flowers, this plant generally does not bloom in spring and may not even bloom in summer: instead, blooming generally in late summer, fall, and sometimes in winter (short day plant), this plant gives color into your garden when you probably do not have many flowers growing. Depending on the type of Hibiscus acetosella, this plant may bloom in other seasons.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are usually maroon (brownish-red), dark purple, or crimson but some can have tints of green. This plant has palmate, (unequally) dissected, and lobed or unlobed leaves. While the leaves are interesting in themselves because of the color that they add to the landscape, if you really want to make them stand out, you could add lighter colored plants behind it to make this plant stand out; or grow it in a place where behind sunlight can make this plant really stand out in contrast to its dark leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Specialized Bees