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Friday - September 25, 2009

From: Lexington, NC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Hibiscus to grow in partial shade in North Carolina
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What variety of hibiscus can I plant in Lexington, NC? Are there any variaties that tolerate partial shade?

ANSWER:

There are four species native to North Carolina:

Hibiscus aculeatus (comfortroot)  grows in sun and part shade.

Hibiscus coccineus (scarlet rosemallow) requires sun.

Hibiscus laevis (halberdleaf rosemallow) grows in sun and part shade.

Hibiscus moscheutos (crimsoneyed rosemallow) grows in sun and part shade.


Hibiscus aculeatus

Hibiscus coccineus

Hibiscus laevis

Hibiscus moscheutos

 

 

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