Friday, December 27, 2013

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Mrs George Davis'

 Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Mrs George Davis' syn 'Kona'
The rich rose pink double flowers of 'Mrs George Davis' are a familiar sight in many old gardens up and down the coast. This vigorous tall growing variety, which originated in Hawaii in the 1950's, is a popular choice for use as a hedge or screen and in warm climate gardens it will flower for most of the year. It has few of the pest or disease problems which can affect some of the more flamboyant modern hybrids, suffering no die-back or borer as it matures. Regular pruning each year and a dose of Hibiscus fertilizer ensures a healthy flush of new growth and continuous flowering. This variety has given rise to a couple of good 'sports' or flowers which have appeared on the bush as a different colour from the original. These are the Cardinal red 'Sabrina' and the peaches and cream 'Mrs Andreasen', both doubles and very hardy varieties.

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