Tropical Hibiscus are one thing. They’re crisp and substantial and come in fruity sherbet shades that blend like a Key West sunset. But the hardy Hibiscus? If ever a species in a genus could be considered second rate, Hibiscus moscheutos would win the honor.
It hasn’t helped that so many plant breeders have been duking it out to introduce the one with the biggest flowers. And these breeders seem not to have noticed they’re all pink, for heaven’s sake. Call them what you will—‘Pink Princess’, ‘Bubblegum Beauty’, or ‘Rosiecopter’—they’ll all end their days like soggy blobs of Kleenex.
And we all know how the most popular perennials have more than one season of interest. We’re lucky to squeeze a week’s worth of beauty out of a hardy hibiscus. With its hollow cups of seedpod precursors, beetle-bitten petals and poor posture, it resembles a crop plant that lacks not only intrinsic value but nutritional value.
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