Growing on the High Plains: Hardy Hibiscus
Today's episode will sweep you off to a tropical island, making you murmur, "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
I have a dinner plate-sized place in my heart for the hibiscus flower, which always serves as a reminder of a cherished tropical vacation. But these flashy exotics have since been adapted for cooler climates, so you can often find them -- and their cousins like the "swamp mallow -- around our region. My hybrid "hardy hibiscus" does well on the High Plains, despite presenting as pekid at times. Their bright, warm hues and soft, flapping petals offer a splash of color fit for the islands.