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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Erin Rachel’

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachel'

I planted Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Erin Rachel’ (above) completely expecting the plant to fail – I have never grown a bush in a pot before. Not only did it thrive, but it was truly one of the most spectacular flowers in my garden.

Bottom line, when the folks at Hines Growers asked me to review the bush Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Erin Rachel’ from their Bahama Bay Bloomtastic collection, I said okay not knowing what glorious sunshine was going to greet me every morning (see below). I used some old leftover soil mixed with a little rotted manure in the container and fertilized once with an organic fertilizer. Threw the plant in and SH’BANG! Glorious colors the rest of the summer.


Erin Rachel displays 5″ blooms with dark burgundy centers opening to shades of pink, red and orange all summer. Great hedge or container plant. With drought conditions, the hibiscus did not grow large, but it definitely flowered well. This plant can grow up to 5′ tall and 4′ wide, so be prepared for growth if you put it in the ground. Best in zones 8 – 10, but will grow anywhere in a container as long as you put it in full-sun.

My review: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Erin Rachel’ is a tough container bush with plenty of color punch and no disease problems even in drought conditions. I loved it and think you will too.

  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachel' early morning

According to the FTC I need to let you know that I got this gorgeous plant as a sample from Hines Growers at no cost. Every morning I talked to the plant to help it grow and also chatted with it because I’m crazy. Just so you know – all opinions are always my own.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    La McCoy
    May 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Wonderful to see you again. lmc

  • Reply
    Patti
    May 6, 2013 at 5:29 am

    I’m wondering if I could do this with a Butterfly Bush. What do you think?

    • Reply
      Shawna
      May 6, 2013 at 5:51 am

      Absolutely Patti. Some Butterfly Bushes get quite huge, but if you get one of the varieties that stay smaller, you’ll probably have more success!

      Best of luck to you!

      Shawna

  • Reply
    Barbara Bach
    May 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I’ve owned Erin Rachel for several years now and I agree with you. A tough plant that just keeps on blooming.
    I’ve even successfully crossed it with a single red and the resulting plant is just like it’s Mom. 😉
    Barb

  • Reply
    Marti Moser
    February 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I have been in plant sales since 2008, representing Colorspot nurseries but we managed the whole outside department @ Home Depot Gulf Region. Loved Hines & adore anything Bahama Bay🌺

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