Hibiscus furcellatus

Sleepy Hibiscus

Malvaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Life Span:Annual
Flower Color:Pink,purple
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Hedges, screening.
Propagation:
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
   

  • Larval host of  Gray Hairstreak, Painted Lady Butterfly, Common Checkered Skipper and Tropical Checkered Skipper butterflies and  four moths : Pearly Wood Nymph, Yellow Scallop Moth, Io Moth,  and Delightful Bird-Dropping Moths.
  • Attracts butterflies and  native bees (including the Rose-mallow Bee which is a Hibiscus specialist), beetles, etc. 

Native Habitats:Marshes, wet areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:This is a wetland plant. It is rarely grown, but it has potential in appropriate sites.