Hibiscus martianus Zucc.
Heartleaf Rosemallow, Tulipan Del Monte, Heartleaf Hibiscus
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
Synonym(s): Hibiscus cardiophyllus
USDA Symbol: hima6
Flowers during the hottest part of the season when other plants are not showy. This plant is everblooming if there is no frost.
From the Image Gallery
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Native Distribution: N. Mex. & Rio Grande Plains, n.w. to Val Verde Co., TX
Native Habitat: Canyons; talus slopes; gravelly hillsides; chaparral
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, gravelly, limestone soils. Clay, Clay Loam, Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Sandy, Caliche type.
Conditions Comments: Heartleaf hibiscus has spectacular flowers two and three inches across. It is a wonderful, small, drought-tolerant hibiscus from South Texas. For it to successfully winter in Austin, mulch or protect it adequately. Grows well in a container or in the ground.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial garden, Showy, Blooms ornamental
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies , Hummingbirds
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Collection: Collect seed all summer from nursery plants.
Maintenance: Blooms all summer and into fall with light grooming.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hibiscus martianus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hibiscus martianus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hibiscus martianus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff