Friday, January 1, 2010

Hardy Hibiscus - 'Kopper King'

'Kopper King' is the culmination of 50 years worth of the Fleming's brother breeding work. Relatively compact by hibiscus standards, the 3' X 4 plants are impressive by themselves. The whole effect are plants that are composed of burgundy, maple-like foliage as an impressive background for the foot-wide pink blossums with red eyes and fantastic veining.

I can't stress how late the plants take to leaf out. Dave's Garden reports as late as the fourth of July in some areas. But they quickly make up for it by bursting on the scene and never stop until the end of the season. The Nebraska breeding allows the plants to survive even in Zone 4.

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