Common names: Flare Rose Mallow
Botanical name: Hibiscus sp. Flare
General information: Low maintenance showy perennial shrub that red blooms. This Texas Superstar was first bred in Texas.
Size: 4 feet in height and 4 feet wide
Flowers: Fuchsia, large
Bloom time: Summer to first frost
Leaves: Maple-like large emerald green, glossy
Pests and Disease Problems: None known
Growing in North Texas
Plant in well-drained, fertile soil – tolerates alkaline soil and water. Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to maintain moisture. Use diluted general-purpose fertilizer several times during the growing season. Somewhat cold tolerant, but will die down to the ground in the harsh winters. Can cut dead stalks back to the ground in the winter. It grows new stalks each spring.
Texas AgriLife Extension Websites – http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/heroes/mcfadden/flare_winter.html
Keywords perennial, fuchsia, low maintenance, reblooms