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Hibiscus ‘Fireball’

Common Name(s):
Fireball hibiscus
Cultivar(s):
Fireball
Categories:
Perennials, Shrubs
Comment:

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 bombiformisIt is also resistant to deer damage. 

Season:
Summer
Height:
4 feet
Flower Color:
red
Foliage:
Bright deeply cut green with veins tinged with purple.
Flower:
Up to 10" wide, clear red flowers with delicate petals, blooms June through August and occasionally into fall.
Zones:
5-9
Site:
Thrives on full sun, high humidy, and heat. Needs evenly moist soil. Well-suited to the rear of a perennial boarder.
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil:
Evenly moist, well-drained
Origin:
NCSU
Width:
24-36 inches
Tags:
heat tolerant, wildlife nectar, deciduous, bees, show stopper, showstopper, specialized bees, hummingbirds, deer resistant, pollinators, tropical, boarder, wildlife, butterflies, pollinator plant

NCCES plant id: 3083

Hibiscus 'Fireball' Hibiscus 'Fireball' growth habit
Andrey Zharkikh, CC BY - 2.0
Hibiscus 'Fireball' Hibiscus 'Fireball' leaf, stem and flower detail
Terry Robinson, CC-BY-SA-2.0