Hibiscus moscheutos 'LUNA WHITE®'

Hibiscus moscheutos
Hibiscus moscheutos  'LUNA WHITE®'
swamp mallow
SIZE/TYPE low perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS kombinovaná:white a red
BLOOMING TIME August - October
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
Exotics
Swamp mallow has been a sought after plant over the past couple of years and its popularity is rising as new varieties keep coming in the market.

Luna White® is a variety from the Luna® range, with large, 20 cm across flowers of pure white colour with a small burgundy red eye. It is a compact, dense growing perennial with sturdy stems and bushy growth. Deadheading spent flowers will encourage setting new flower buds.

Leaves are smooth or nearly glossy above, and slightly hairy underneath, deep green. They do not have lobes like other hibiscus species.

The plant is dependent on regular water and feed supply. Use fertilizers with enough phosphorus for abundant flowering, or any other quick-release fertilizers where nitrogen is not predominant. Any fertilizing has to stop by end September.

For healthy growth and profuse flowering it needs a sunny location with a lot of moisture which can be achieved by good mulching. The soil has to be fertile and permeable, never let it dry out in summer. However, in winter the plant must not linger in wet ground, it would rot. Protect it with straw or mulch. Thus it will survive temperatures down to -27°C (USDA zone 5). Cut back the plant only a few centimetres above ground level in spring.

Last update 13-08-2008
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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