Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Bumble Bee'

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Bumble Bee'
This is a 1970's Hibiscus from Florida courtesy of Harry R Goulding who bred it from a pod parent of 'Many Times' and a pollen parent of 'Lovely Rea'.
To give this Hibiscus its proper technical colour description it is cadmium orange with a mandarin red centre and a currant red 'eye'. As it is a two day flower, the outer petal edge fades on the second day to pastel orange 'smoke'.
It is a low bushy plant but disappointing when grown on its own roots so grafting is advisable.

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