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Hibiscus Summerific 'Berrylicious'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Huge 8-9 inch, mauve lavender blossoms with a deep strawberry red eye have attractively ruffled, overlapping petals.  Forms a dense, bushy, rounded clump of thick, bright green, maple like leaves.  This Hibiscus is a very floriferous indeterminate bloomer, so there are buds at many nodes up the stems rather than just at the tips.  The result is a much longer season of bloom and flowers that cover all sides of the plant rather than just the top.  'Berrylicious' makes a fantastic large specimen plant that will steal the show from mid through late summer.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadheading will improve the appearance of the plant. 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. A strong pair of loppers or a saw will be necessary to cut this plant back.  Be advised that Hibiscus is always one of the last perennials to emerge in spring. Its vigorous growth rate more than makes up for this late start, however. Japanese beetles find these plants especially delicious.

Flower Color

mauve lavender

Foliage Color

bright green

Plant Spread

4-5 ft.

Good Companions

Phlox paniculata 'Bright Eyes', Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight', Perovskia atriplicifolia, Panicum virgatum 'Prairie Fire'

Plant Height

4-5 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-9

Soil Moisture

average and consistent


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Border plants, Specimen or focal point

Bloom Time

summer to early fall

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

medium

Seasonal Interests