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Hibiscus Plum Crazy

Plum Crazy is one of the famous Fleming Hybrids with a 10 inch flower, purplish-green maple-cut leaves. Only 4 ft. tall. PP#11854 (Hibiscus)

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Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Plant Size: 36-48" tall, 24-36" wide
Light: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Pink Hibiscus Plum Crazy, Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus
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Common Name Hardy Hibiscus
Botanical Name Hibiscus
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Flower Size Up to 10 inch flowers
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Purplish-green foliage.
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No
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Plum Crazy is one of the second wave hybrids by the famous Fleming brothers. (See the story of the Fleming Hibiscus Hybrids below.) After perfecting these stunning plants in red, white and pink, Plum Crazy is what they called antique purple with flowers fully 10 inches across. The foliage is equally innovative. The leaves purplish-green foliage and are a distinctive maple-like shape.

The Hardy Hibiscus is the result of hybridizing our own little-known North American native wildflower shrubs, the tall wild hibiscus species, mostly one called Hibiscus moscheutos.

Do not confuse these hardy ones with the beautiful tropical ones used as houseplants. That's H. rosa-sinensis, the Chinese Hibiscus, and the national flower of Malaysia. Its also the one everyone enjoys in landscaping in Miami and in Hawaii. If you don't live in those frost-free places, you'll love the hardy types.

The fantastic Hardy Hibiscus hybrids are one of gardenings best-kept secrets, unless one of your neighbors happens to have one. They make glossy green shrubs about 4 or 5 feet tall, and in mid and late summer cover themselves with dinnerplate-sized flowers in a selection of colors.

How the Hardy Hibiscus hybrids happened: One of the earliest sensations in this group was the famous hybrid, Lord Baltimore, followed by Lady Baltimore which was developed during the 1970s.

But those two were only the beginning. Like most sensational groups of hybridized plants, there is usually a passionate person behind it all. In this case, its three people--the famous Fleming Brothers of Lincoln, Nebraska. Years ago, Jim, Bob, and Dave Fleming became interested in the sort of rangy native hibiscus species they knew from the wild. Their mother was the Nebraska State Naturalist, so all three of them grew up as native plant experts. To make a long story short, they spent their entire lives hybridizing and are the creators of many very famous perennials in the market today, but the most famous are the Fleming Hibiscus Hybrids. These patented plants include the world-famous Robert Fleming, Kopper King and many others. The last Fleming brother passed away just a few years ago, but their own wholesale nursery is still in business, and you can visit their website. You'll see fascinating photos and read all about the brothers and their fantastic legacy of fine flowers. Its an incredible story of three men who loved plants. Here's their site: Fleming Flower Fields.

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no flower this year ... bummah


from West End, NC

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  • Color Of Leaf And Vegetat


  • No Flower
  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Center Of Island Garden
  • Garden

Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Plum Crazy:

the leaves and stack/"trunk" of plant is purple and dramatic. I waited all summer for the flower ... none appeared. I will be patient and wait for next year.

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Hibiscus Plum Crazy


from Moses Lake, WA

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy


  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Plum Crazy:

This plant is very tiny in size as it is a very YOUNG plant. It is growing well and is not expected to bloom this first year. However expectations are that it will be old enough to bloom next year. I am happy with this purchase. For the size it is the price could have been less.


never grew,recieved a small stick never grew a leaf


from wi

Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Plum Crazy:

never grew at all

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


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from Las Cruces, NM

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  • Low Maintenance
  • Reliable Growth


  • Colors Not As Expected
  • Not heat resistant
  • Short Bloom Time

Best Uses

  • Shady spot

Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Plum Crazy:

The blooms are not at all red - more like a deep purple/grape. The blooms last only an hour or two - as soon as the temperature rises, the petals wilt, become paper dry, and turn almost black. The brief period of time that the bloom is at its best, it is large and striking. But full sun in a hot climate is not a happy place for this plant. The plant itself is a fast and hearty grower but the blooms are much the opposite.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Very pleasing


from Jacksonville, NC

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  • Low Maintenance
  • Pest Resistant
  • Reliable Growth
  • Vivid Colors


  • Short Bloom Time

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    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Plum Crazy:

    The root I put in the right spot grew voraciously. Last year it was about 12" tall, this year it's close to 4 ft! It is a bit delicate, I accidentally snapped off one of its stalks so it's not as bushy this year as it wanted to be. I am a terrible gardner- I forget to water, forget to fertilize, accidentally spray flowers with my weed killer... and this plant was very forgiving. It's beautiful, I just wished it bloomed longer. To make up for short bloom time, it has a ton of flowers on a single plant. I can't wait to watch it continue to fill out.

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    How-To Guides

    How to Care and Grow Hardy Hibiscus

    Hardy Hibiscus

    How to Care and Grow Hardy Hibiscus

    Planting - How Hibiscus Arrives

    When you receive your Hardy Hibiscus plant from American Meadows, it could look like a pot of soil with sticks. Seems disappointing, but looks are deceiving because actually there is a thriving strong root system below the soil. The hibiscus is dormant and hasn’t emerged yet. We want you to successfully grow and care for your Hardy Hibiscus. To start planting, there are a few growing conditions to consider before planting.

    Planting Needs

    Hardy Hibiscus thrives best in well drained soil, amended with organic matter. Hibiscus prefers acidic soil. To add acidity to your soil, add Peat moss or potting soil to your garden. If your soil is mostly clay, consider planting Hibiscus in a raised bed, this helps to eliminate water buildup. The best time to plant Hardy Hibiscus is after all danger of frost has passed. To plant, dig a hole double the size of the pot and set the plant in, the crown of the plant should rest just at or above the soil surface. Press the new loose dirt around the plant and water. If you water and the base of the plant shows, add more soil. If you are planting multiple Hibiscus, space plants 2 to 3 ft apart in the garden. Although the plant maybe small, these beauties reach 48” – 72” Tall.

    Location and Light

    Hardy Hibiscus is slow to emerge in cold springs or early summers, so be patient. Hardy Hibiscus does best in full sun. They will grow in partial shade, but growth and flowering will suffer. If you live in areas with very hot summers, during the hottest part of the day, Hibiscus may need shade. Hibiscus should be planted along, or in the back of perennial flower beds.

    After Planting Care for Years of Growth


    Hibiscus needs lots of nutrients. There are a few ways to fertilize Hibiscus. One option is in the spring; apply a layer of compost around the base of the plant. Or apply fertilizer with 10-4-12, 9-3-13 or 10-10-10 around the base of the hibiscus. Be careful not to add too much fertilizer, too much phosphorous will kill hibiscus.


    Hibiscus is hardy to zone 5. Hardy hibiscus benefits from warm temperatures for bud growth, so if it’s a cold spring or summer, growth will be slower. To keep Hibiscus warm apply a layer of mulch to protect Hibiscus in the winter and early spring.


    Hibiscus needs both moist and well drained soil. If Hibiscus dries out to much it will drop all its foliage and will look like a bunch of dead sticks. When this happens don’t stress, it will re-bud, it’s the Hibiscus protecting its roots system. It’s important to not over water or underwater. If you are growing hibiscus in a container, plant your hibiscus in a pot with adequate drainage holes. Otherwise if Hibiscus is in water to long, its root will begin to rot.


    Hibiscus don’t need to be pruned. But if you choose to shape Hibiscus the best time to do so, is in late fall or winter depending on your location. Otherwise Hibiscus produces new growth every year from the ground up. To encourage branching and more flowers stalk, prune is in early summer when Hibiscus has starts to grow.

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