This super long blooming Hibiscus cultivar forms a beautiful upright mound of well-branched, maple-like, dark green foliage which is bronze when it first emerges. Deep red buds open to magenta-red flowers measuring 9-11 inches wide. The flowers have heavily overlapping petals and are produced at the nodes all the way up the reddish purple stems, coating the plant in blossoms from midsummer until frost. 'Sultry Kiss' is suitable en masse for the back of the border or planted singly as a focal point.
Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadheading may prolong the bloom period. It is best to plant Hibiscus in the garden before the heat of the summer arrives, and should be heavily mulched the first winter. In spring, cut back any remaining stems before new growth appears. Be advised that this species is always one of the last to emerge in spring. Its vigorous growth rate more than makes up for this late start, however. Japanese beetles find these plants especially delicious.
Specimen or focal point
Midsummer to frost
Full to part sun
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