'Disco Belle Pink' is a compact, vigorous, sturdy, erect but somewhat shrubby, woody-based hibiscus cultivar that features dinner plate-sized, 5-petaled, hollyhock-like flowers (to 9" diameter) which are among the largest flowers produced by any perennial which is hardy. Flowers are pink on the edges fading to white with a deep pinkish-red central eye. Each flower has a prominent and showy pale yellow tubular central staminal column. Individual flowers are very short-lived (1-2 days), but one or more flowers usually open each day, in succession, over a long mid-summer to early fall bloom period. Large, ovate, green leaves. Also commonly called rose mallow or swamp rose mallow.
Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun. Best in moist, organically rich soils, but does surprisingly well in average garden soils as long as those soils are not allowed to dry out. Regular deep watering is advisable. Tolerates some light shade, but full sun with good air circulation produces best flowers, strongest stems and the best environment for resisting potential diseases. Site in locations protected from wind to minimize risk of wind burn. Deadhead individual flowers to maintain plant appearance. Cut back stems to approximately 3-4" in late autumn. New growth shoots are slow to emerge in spring. However, once new growth begins, it proceeds quite rapidly and plants will benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season.
Pink with red eye
Group or Mass Plant
Mid Summer to Early Fall
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