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common name: Russian Hibiscus
synonyms: Kitaibelia vitifolia, Malope vitifolia
growth rate: fast
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: brown
main season: Summer
full sun, part shade
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
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.
Moist, well drained, deep and reasonably fertile soil in full sun or part shade.
From seed or by division.
Most suited to wild or meadow gardens.
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!