Hibiscus – Summer Carnival Rose Mallow
Large beautiful flowers, showy variegated foliage, tough, and vigorous. Summer Carnival Rose Mallow is a true quadruple threat in the garden. In late summer large, over 7″ across, flowers of deep magenta bloom in abundance. These huge flowers look like they belong on a tropical plant than a hardy perennial. Vigorous variegated foliage of mint green, white and pink emerge in late spring. As the foliage matures the variegation becomes more striking, peaking at the same time flowers begin to emerge.
Other variegated-foliage varieties have been either slow growing or had poor flower performance, but not Summer Carnival. It will quickly grow over 4′ tall and wide and bloom as prolifically as a plain foliaged Rose Mallow. Though they look like a tropical transplant Rose Mallows are actually native to Missouri, thriving in our hot summers and easily wintering through our tough winters. Water lovers, these plants can handle wet feet and soggy conditions.
Plant in full sun, at least 6 hours of sun a day, although with afternoon sun you can get away with a little less. Although drought tolerant they will perform best with consistent moisture. Hibiscus die back to the ground every year. Cut back dead wood in early spring. Hibiscus are one of the last perennials to emerge in spring, sometimes not until mid to late spring. They grow quickly though, catching up fast to other perennials.