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Hibiscus Robert Fleming

Robert Fleming is one of the most popular Hardy Hibiscus varieties. It produces deep velvety red ruffled flowers. Best variety for containers. PP#14776 (Hibiscus)

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Plant - 3" pot

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Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Plant Size: 30-36" tall, 36-48" 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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Common Name Hardy Hibiscus
Botanical Name Hibiscus
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" 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 Color Green
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Containers, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No
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The deep velvety red flowers of this hybrid are now world famous, and the name reflects the man from Nebraska (along with his brothers) who created this beautiful plant. (See Fleming story below.) This one must have constant moisture, and is more cold hardy than the native plants that are its parents. Grows to only about three feet with flowers up to 10 inches across. Your neighbors will be amazed!

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 first year


from santa cruz ca

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    • Slow Growth

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    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

    be patient

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    Certainly would buy this again.


    from Pasadena, MD

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    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors


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        Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

        Followed planting instructions and was surprised at how quickly my plant grew and how many buds appeared and then bloomed. Beautiful HUGE continuous supply of red flowers. Was very happy with product.

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)




        from Chapin, SC

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              Comments about American Meadows Hibiscus Robert Fleming:

              None of the six Robert Fleming Hibiscus plants that I ordered from you lived, although I followed the planting instructions I received from you and watered the plants daily. Plants were brown when I received them. Is there a guarantee or remedy for this?

              I have had this type of hibiscus plants for several years, had great success with them and wanted to add these plants to my garden. I've never had a problem getting hibiscus to survive until now.

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              Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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              As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

              Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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