A few days ago, the plant began to show signs of imminent blossom so I grabbed my camera and began to document the process.
This hibiscus is a slender, shrubby perennial that dies back in winter and re-sprouts in the spring and it must be protected from freezing. As with most hibiscus, the flowers last only one day but new ones continue to open all summer and into the fall. They do best in full sun but also need plenty of water to bloom. The scarlet hibiscus occurs naturally in swamps, marshes and ditches, from southern Georgia and Alabama to central Florida and Texas. Established plants can have one to several stems up to 7 feet tall. (Mine is about 3 1/2 feet tall.) The five petaled flowers are brilliant crimson red and anywhere from 6-8 inches across.
It's an absolutely stunning plant (as you can see :) and I'm thrilled it makes its home on my back patio!