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Hibiscus 'Fireball' (Rosemallow)

Hibiscus 'Fireball' PP13631


This shrublike hardy perennial is a vigorous grower with purple foliage and 10" clear red flowers from mid summer into fall. A strikingly beautiful plant, 'Fireball' thrives on heat and humidity but requires evenly moist soil to be at its best. Late to emerge in spring - great for planting with tulips and daffodils!

Hibiscus 'Fireball' PP13631 - 50 per flat $65.63
Additional royalty fee per flat $13.50
Total price per flat $79.13
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4-5 Feet


2-3 Feet

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Rosemallow Interesting Notes

This plant is 4' of fire with 12" bright burgundy blooms. The "extremely cut-leaved" foliage with a purplish overlay sets the backdrop for the fiery flowers. A standard for any perennial garden now for 10 years! - Fleming's Flower Fields

Unlike any other flower in the garden, hardy hibiscus offers us flowers that are both huge and delicate, as if they were fashioned from crepe paper. The flowers range from a petite 3 or 4 inches across to the proverbial dinner plate, 8 to 12 inches in diameter! In the center of each impressive flower you'll find a prominent pistil and stamen structure that adds to their beauty.

For years the only hardy hibiscus colors available were white, pink and red. Thanks to plant collectors and breeders, you can now select some incredible color variations that can be poetically described as hot pink, raspberry, mauve, dusty rose and plum. The blooms of many varieties have a dark red center and a few have a ruffled edge. Others are bicolored or have attractive dark veins. While each bloom only lasts one day, hardy hibiscus are prolific, sometimes producing more than a hundred blooms in a season.

Traditionally, hardy hibiscus were large, rangy plants with large, rounded, medium-green leaves. Plant size now varies greatly, so be sure to take that into consideration when selecting a hardy hibiscus. Many of the new varieties offer smaller, lobed leaves and more compact plant habits.There are even a few with dark, reddish foliage.

As wonderful as they are, hardy hibiscus have one very frustrating quirk: they tend to be the very last plant to reappear in spring. In fact, many gardeners give up on them and dig them up. But it isn't uncommon at all for hardy hibiscus to wait until late May or early June (when the soil temperature approaches 70º) to make their yearly debut. Looking on the bright side, this late habit makes them great companion plants for spring-blooming bulbs. - Bachman's

Hibiscus 'Fireball' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun and average to moist, well-drained soil. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Cut back old branches in late fall or spring, leaving 3-4 inches at the base.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Propagation Type
Moist Sun