Mahogany Splendor
Hibiscus Seed

Product ID: 4013

Deep mahogany-red foliage for cutting and garden accent.

Decorative, deeply cut foliage with maple-leaf appearance, rich color, and sturdy branches. Ideal for late summer and fall arrangements. Primarily grown for use as cut flower foliage, the vigorous, drought- and heat-tolerant plants are also suitable for containers and landscaping. The abundant color and tall stature make Mahogany Splendor a lovely backdrop in the garden or patio. NOTE: If grown indoors or in part shade, foliage will be green to rust in color; the mahogany color develops fully in full sun. Also known as red-leaf hibiscus, false roselle, African rose mallow, and cranberry hibiscus. Tropical, herbaceous perennial in Zones 8a–9b. Tender perennial or annual in all other growing zones. Ht. 40-70". Avg. 2,200 seeds/oz. Packet: 25 seeds.


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DAYS TO GERMINATION: 3-5 days at 70-76°F (21-24°C)

SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost, covering seed lightly. Transplant out after danger of frost has passed. Hibiscus is a heat-loving crop and benefits from use of a soil warming mulch, such as black plastic or black solar mulch.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. Hibiscus thrives in heat and humidity so is best grown in full sun.




STEM LENGTH: 12-70". Pinching is not required but if plants are pinched at a young stage, lateral branches will benefit greatly in length and quality.

HARVEST: For cut foliage, harvest once leaves are mature (not tender) and the stems are straight, firm, and at least slightly woody.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Well drained but moist soil with high organic matter. Preferred pH of 5.8-6.5.

NOTE: Foliage will have green/ rust tones in the greenhouse, but mature to burgundy in full sun outdoors.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hibiscus acetosella

ALTERNATE NAMES: False Roselle, African Rose Mallow

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Hibiscus acetosella

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

115 - 130 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).

Tender Perennial

Product Features

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Grows Well in Containers Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.

Grows Well in Containers Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets