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This plant is the largest hibiscus grown at Mount Vernon, as well as the longest flowering. Its brilliant red blooms are a bold statement in the summer border. It is native to the swamps and marshes of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

Latin Name

Hibiscus coccineus



Also Known As

Texas Star Scarlet Hibiscus Brilliant Hibiscus

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

June - September


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 6'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Rain Garden
  • Water Plant
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Wet Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies
    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Native Range

    Southeastern United States


    Lady Jean Skipwith had these in her garden at Prestwould in Virginia.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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