Hibiscus poeppigii

Fairy Hibiscus

Malvaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Wildflower gardens. Hammock restoration.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Seed
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Attracts hummingbirds.

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. 
  • Ants feed on the flower nectar (per Institute for Regional Conservation).

Native Habitats:Edges of rockland hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Predominantly grown as a curiosity in the Florida Keys.