Common name: Hibiscus “Pink bird”, Althea
Height at maturity: 3 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: flowering shrub
Flowering: July to October
Flower color: mauve
Soil type: ordinary and well-draining
Watering: keep cool
Use: hedge, shrub bed, flowering hedge, loose hedge
Diseases and pests: aphids, scale insects
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
The pink hibiscus is very widely used as an ornamental plant in the garden because of its generous flowering.
This shrub blooms with pink flowers that appear from July to October. They are isolated or grouped, the calyx has five free sepals, the corolla five petals free or slightly fused at the base. The five stamens are fused together, forming a long tube.
In its natural state, this shrub forms a pretty little flowering shrub, but by pruning it each year at the end of winter, you get a bushy, very branched bush with erect stems.
Rapid growth, 30 to 40 cm in all directions per year.