This is my neighbor’s hibiscus. These are not the ones you buy for indoor growing – the ones that almost always succumb to spider mites. This shrub is also known as “Rose of Sharon” here in New England. Like everything else, they are in flower early this year. Deer don’t like eating them – another reason for their popularity here.
This plant is considered invasive, and I can understand why. Its seedlings sprout everywhere and you really have to stay on top of them. I have to keep pulling them out of my vegetable garden – easy when they’re small.
Hibiscus blossoms are usually pink or white. Some cultivars have very large flowers – a little too large, I think, but maybe that’s just me.
One good positive thing I can say about this plant is that it is an all-out pollen orgy for our bee and hummingbird friends. Here’s a shot of a bee so covered in pollen that you can barely make out her shape inside the flower.