Althea or Rose of Sharon
The old fashioned and new Altheas or Rose of Sharon provide summer long color on a vase shaped shrub when young maturing to a rounded habit. Many of these are heirloom or pass-a-long plants that are common to our ancestors landscapes but are still a staple of our gardens. Many of the newer cultivars are sterile and or have larger flowers. Provide an average to well-drained soil with average moisture and moderate to high fertility in a full to mostly sunny position for optimum health and flowering. Many are surprised to learn that these are hardy Hibiscus too!
Amplissimus Rose of Sharon produces 2-3" wide, double, purplish-red flowers throughout much of summer on this easy to grow vigorous shrub, which is very tolerant of heat and most growing conditions. Althea or Rose of Sharon is a hardy Hibiscus that naturally develops into a multi-stemmed, vase-shaped deciduous shrub that can be trained into a tree form if desired. Provide an average moist to moderately moist, fertile soil and full sun for optimum growth and flowering. Item# 10338.