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Hibiscus syriacus 'Purpureus Variegatus'

Rose of Sharon

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Hibiscus syriacus ‘Purpureus Variegatus’ – Aside from the cream-edged and splashed green leaves the most unusual feature of ‘Purpureus Variegatus’ is that it forms a huge number of buds in midsummer, one sometimes two buds where leaf meets stem – in the axils. The buds expand into approximately 1 to 2” globe-shaped structures. Curiously, these buds do not fully open into flowers, sometimes they partly open but never fully. It is however evident that the flowers would be fully double. These axillary buds of deep, dark red purple stud the vertical stems like large blackened amethyst gem stones, opulent and gorgeous. Some dislike this plant. Personally, I think it fascinating. In combination with perennials or other shrubs it can be a most striking addition to the garden providing a most rare and unusual contrasting texture – it simply depends upon your vision. Site Hibiscus syriacus ‘Purpureus Variegatus’ in plenty of sun planted in fertile soil. Cutting grown.


6-8 Ft


5 In


Chocolate Red


5 to 8(9)
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Characteristics and Attributes for Hibiscus syriacus 'Purpureus Variegatus'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer / Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade


  • Border
  • Screen
  • Specimen
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile
  • Humus Laden
  • Draining
  • Moist


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown