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botanical name:
Kitaibela vitifolia
Kitaibela vitifolia © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Russian Hibiscus
synonyms:  Kitaibelia vitifolia, Malope vitifolia
family:  Malvaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 2.50m
width: 5.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: brown
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
description:
Large, hairy, clump-forming perennial with robust erect stems and palmately lobed, coarsely toothed vine-like leaves. Open cup-shaped, 5-petalled, mallow-like flowers in summer, usually white or sometimes pink.

cultivation:
Moist, well drained, deep and reasonably fertile soil in full sun or part shade.

propagation:
From seed or by division.

usage:
Most suited to wild or meadow gardens.

other notes:
Native to the Balkans, found in damp meadows and scrubland.

pronounced: kit-ay-BEE-luh vit-ee-FOW-lee-uh (or: kit-ay-BEE-lee-uh vit-ee-FOW-lee-uh)

The genus is named to honor the 19th century Hungarian botanist Paul Kitaibel.
The common name is somewhat misleading, as it is neither Russian nor a Hibiscus!

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