Exotic #8:
ROSE of SHARON
Hibiscus syriacus

Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus

© Bill Hilton Jr.

Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus, isn't a rose, but its large, flat blossoms and nectar attract hummingbirds and tiny insects that hummers also eat. The flowers on this woody shrub come in several colors, including white, pink, purple, and red. Its leaves don't come out until late in spring, causing false alarms in gardeners who think their plants may have died. Native to India and East Asia, it is the national flower of Korea.

CULTIVATION TIPS

--Perennial woody shrub (to 2-4m)
--Blooms late summer to early fall
--Moist but well-drained soil with compost
--Since plants bloom on new growth, shaping or pruning can be done at any time; prune in late winter or early spring in northern climates.
--Sun or light shade
--Zones 5-9

Also see Rose of Sharon 

NOTE: We are not horticulturists, so we regret we can't answer specific questions about how to plant and propagate hummingbird flowers, but your local agriculture extension office or Master Gardener group may be able to help. We're also unable to provide names of sources from which you can order plants.

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