Plant Profile: Texas Star Hibiscus

Texas Star Hibiscus Provides Hardy Tropical Flair

For many in North Texas, tropical hibiscus are the go-to plant for a splash of summer color, and it’s easy to understand why. They come in a variety of bright colors – oranges, reds, and yellows of every shade. Pot a few in poolside planters and you can easily imagine yourself in Hawaii instead of your Frisco backyard. They can take the heat and will bloom all summer, but as soon as the first chills of fall arrive, tropical hibiscus is done. They’re only hardy to Zone 10, and Collin County is Zone 7/8. That means, those pretty tropicals are annuals in our area.

There’s no need to buy new tropical hibiscus every year (though we’ll happily sell them to you at Shades of Green! ;-). You can achieve the tropical look with a hibiscus that is hardy to North Texas. Really. There are several perennial (hardy) varieties that will survive our winters and return year after year. One of my personal favorites is Texas Star Hibiscus.

Despite its name, Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is not a Texas Native, though it is native to North America. A vigorous perennial, it produces large, star-shaped, white or bright red flowers that bloom from late spring into fall. It grows 4-6 feet tall x 3-4 feet wide on average, but can get larger.

Texas Star Hibiscus is deciduous and will therefore drop its leaves in the fall. Once all the leaves are off, you can cut it back to within 4-6 inches from the ground. The plant will leaf out and flower on new growth that emerges in mid to late spring. Plants are typically flowering by the end of May or early June.

It will do okay in part sun, but plant in full sun for best flowering. It tolerates wet, boggy, or marshy soil just fine and is therefore a good choice for such areas.Β It also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, which is always a plus in my book.

Instead of planting tropicals every year, find a spot in your yard for a Texas Star and enjoy the tropical look of this hardy plant.

Common Name: Texas Star Hibiscus

Latin Name: Hibiscus coccineus
pronounced hi-BIS-kus kok-SIN-ee-us

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About the Author:Β Tim Wardell is a Texas Certified Nursery Professional and the Marketing Coordinator for Shades of Green, Inc.

8 Comments

  • Diana
    June 5, 2020 @ 5:57 pm

    You mention 5 petals but one you picture looks like 6 petals. I have both on one plant in my yard and was told that it is a mutation! It seems it can have both often. Any thoughts? Thanks

    • ShadesOfGreen
      June 6, 2020 @ 10:55 am

      I guess technically that’s considered a “mutation” but it is not uncommon. If the plant produces 1000 blooms in a season 800-900 will likely have 5 petals. The remaining 10-20% (but usually less) may have 6. It’s nothing to worry about.

  • Taffy Delgado
    June 18, 2020 @ 11:41 am

    Do you have the Texas Star hibiscus in stock? I also saw a picture that they are available in both reds and whites, is this true?

    • ShadesOfGreen
      June 18, 2020 @ 12:52 pm

      Yes, we have the RED flowering Texas Star hibiscus in stock (3-gallon size). They do come in white but we sold out of those a month ago and have not been able to get our hands on any more.

  • Donna Fallis
    June 26, 2020 @ 6:08 pm

    Should the Texas Star faded blooms be cut off (encouraging more blooming)?

    • ShadesOfGreen
      June 27, 2020 @ 8:13 am

      They don’t need to be cut because you can easily pull them off when they are spent. Texas Star blooms prolifically whether spent blooms are removed or not. However, it looks better when the only flowers on it are fully opened blooms. So yes, remove the spent blooms for a better looking plant. πŸ˜€

  • Vivian Sanford
    July 4, 2020 @ 8:22 pm

    I live in Okla. When do you plant the Texas Star?

    • ShadesOfGreen
      July 7, 2020 @ 10:05 am

      Anytime during the growing season is fine. It’s not bothered by heat. We suggest planting it as soon as possible so that it can get established before winter. That ensures its return next spring.

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