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Hibiscus acetosella 'Mahogany Splendor' | Sarah Raven
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Hibiscus acetosella 'Mahogany Splendor'

I am always on the lookout for plants which are brilliant for foliage - in the garden, in containers and as a cut flower and this is one of those. Hibiscus 'Mahogany' is a great new discovery.
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10 seeds

3 x 9cm pots

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Details:

Type
Tender Perennial
Position
Border (Middle), Container Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
July - October (the foliage darkens in full sun in the summer).
Height
90cm (36in)
Group/Species
acetosella
Common name
African Rosemallow
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Size
10 seeds
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
60cm (24in)
Cultivation
Sow late winter to early spring in a heated propagator or warm windowsill (needs 20-25 degrees celcius), grow on in a frost free place to plant out at the end of May

Description

We’ve grown this for a few years as a foliage filler for rich-coloured pots and love it, but last summer, we experimented with it as a cut-flower foliage and it shot straight to the top of my favourites list with its airy, elegant, acer-like leaves right through summer and autumn. It’s cut-and-come-again, unlike an acer, so you can safely pick away.

Care Tips

Does best in containers if kept consitently moist