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Hibiscus Sweet Caroline

Sweet Caroline is the longest-blooming hardy hibiscus with gorgeous, bright pink blooms that feature dark veins. Enjoy the huge blooms from summer into the fall. (Hibiscus)

Item Size

Plant - 3" pot
Plant - 3" pot

Price: $20.95

Sale: $10.48

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Details:

Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 48-72" tall, 36-48" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 2HIB
Common Name Hardy Hibiscus
Botanical Name Hibiscus
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Estimated Mature Height 48-72" 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
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Showy Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Sweet Caroline’s long-lasting, pink blooms will add a sweet, romantic statement to your summer garden.

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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  • Hydrangea Nikko Blue

    Hydrangea Nikko Blue

  • Bypass Pruners

    Bypass Pruners

  • Butterfly Bush Royal Red

    Butterfly Bush Royal Red

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Hibiscus Sweet Caroline, Hibiscus Sweet Caroline
 
3.2

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        1.0

        Did not live.

        By Kelly

        from Georgia

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              Comments about Hibiscus Sweet Caroline, Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

              This plant was a tiny, dead looking stick when it arrived. I planted it, watered it, and cared for it. It never leafed out or lived at all - it remained a little dead stick. At the same time, I ordered a Kopper King Hibiscus and it arrived in the same condition - they were planted near each other, and it lived and did well. Produced beautiful flowers in the first 4 months. I did contact American Meadows to ask for a refund for this Sweet Caroline hibiscus and never received any response. I am very unhappy with this purchase.

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              5.0

              ordering more ! PLEASED !

              By BlondaFlicka

              from Northern Illinois

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              Pros

              • Grew Quickly With Blooms

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hibiscus Sweet Caroline, Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                arrived on the small side but grew 2 feet and gave me 6 blooms .Next year it will be magnificent !

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                5.0

                Beautiful plant

                By Amber the Gardner

                from Holly Springs, NC

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                Pros

                • Beautiful flowers
                • Beautiful foliage
                • Packaged well
                • Quick And Easy Transplant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hibiscus Sweet Caroline, Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                    This is our second time ordering hibiscus from American Meadows because we were so pleased with the first set (Blue River). The plants are packaged well when they arrive and are so easy to transplant. Growing up in Florida I missed my hibiscus now that I live in the NC and these hardy hibiscus were the perfect answer. We have them all over our yard and ordered this particular species to grow up against the house to provide some shade on windows that get afternoon Sunday. They are beautiful to look at from inside or outside! Highly recommend.

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                    5.0

                    Nice strong first summer growth.

                    By Jerry L

                    from N.Y.

                    Pros

                    • Easy care

                    Cons

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                        Comments about Hibiscus Sweet Caroline, Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                        This 3gal pot came without damage & bloomed 10" flowers the first year.

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                        1.0

                        BROWN SPROUT STAYED THAT WAY

                        By Scott

                        from Leesburg, VA

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Dead
                          • Maintained
                          • No Grow
                          • Would not buy again

                          Best Uses

                          • Avoid

                          Comments about Hibiscus Sweet Caroline, Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                          I bought new soil and fertilizer. Received what looked like a DEAD sprout. Followed directions. Nurtured it...to no avail.

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                          • No
                           
                          2.0

                          Did not meet my expectations

                          By Va Jen

                          from Norfolk, VA

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                                Comments about Hibiscus Sweet Caroline, Hibiscus Sweet Caroline:

                                I am not sure but this plant did not grow more than 6 inches. I will take responsibility for it. I am sure there is something I did wrong as I am still learning. When I received the plant it was a dead stick and very small. I was sceptical but it did grow. Just not very big and never had any blooms. I am hoping that next year it will grow like it should.

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                                Shipping

                                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.

                                Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
                                • Hydrangea Nikko Blue

                                  Hydrangea Nikko Blue

                                • Bypass Pruners

                                  Bypass Pruners

                                • Butterfly Bush Royal Red

                                  Butterfly Bush Royal Red

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