Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hibiscus mutabilis

Here is a large flowering shrub at Sarah Duke Gardens. Commonly called a cotton rose or Confederate rose hibiscus, it can grow over eight feet tall and wide in the summer. This is an old-fashioned favorite that will die back in the winters around here. But it springs back like a perennial. Late summer and fall blooms are always a premium in my book and this giver is just getting started.

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