Hibiscus poeppigii

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10B 11 

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Fairy Hibiscus

Malvaceae

Plant Specifics

Size:1-4 ft tall by 1-3 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red
Habitats:Edges of rockland hammocks.

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Wildflower gardens. Hammock restoration.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Lime rock, Sand

Wildlife

humminbirdcaterpillarbutterflypollinator

Attracts hummingbirds.

  • 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).