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ROSE QUEENTropical Hibiscus Variegated Leaves Red Bloom


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The Rose Queen Hibiscus is a very unique and unusual tropical hibiscus cultivar in that its leaves are more showy than the flowers, so you don't have to wait for flowers to have dramatic and eye catching color.

It is an old cultivar that has recently been rediscovered.  It is also sold elsewhere under several other names, including Red Hot, The Checkered Hibiscus, or Fire and Ice.

The leaves are variegated colors of bronze, red, jade green, and bright rose pink, and are very showy and eye catching.  It blooms profusely throughout the year with the classic single red tropical hibiscus flower.

This cultivar has two sister plants (Snow Queen, with green and snow white variegated leaves, and Aussie Queen,(with pink, white and green variegated leaves). We carry both of the other types.

Rose Queen makes a show stopping mass planting, although care must be taken to surround it with other plants that compliment and do not compete, as these are so bright colored that they really do steal the show.  Care should be taken when placing them to avoid planting where red brick or red painted surfaces will be the direct background.  However, the are absolutely stunning against white, yellow and blue.  They are also attractive as an accent, anchor, or transitional plant, or can even be maintained at about 12 to 18 inches for bedding and mixed perennial applications. (However, the Aussie Queen sister is best suited to this use.)

They are great for containers, especially patio container garden pots, wonderful in combination with other green textures and yellows.

Unpruned mature height is about 5 to 6 feet, but it is not as fast growing as most hibiscus and is easily maintained and contained at a lower level.  It's natural growth habit is as a medium sized branched bush.  However, it is easily trained into a small standard tree and makes a stunning patio pot.


4 Inch Pots:

Mature, well rooted starter size plant, growing and shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot.  Plant will be a minimum of about 10 inches tall.  Unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Botanical Name Hibiscus rosa seninsis cooperi
Common Name Rose Queen, Red Hot, Fire & Ice, Checkered Hibiscus, Coopers Variegated
Plant Family: Malvaceae
Mature Size: 3''x3''
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Form: Singe
Bloom Time: Perpetual Bloomer
Zone: 10, 11 (Zone 9 with cold protection)
Fragrance: None
Water Needs: Moderate
Light Needs: Full sun to filtered shade
Key Features: Unusual Tri Color Variegated Foliage
Suggested Uses: Borders, Mixed Beds, Accent


Direct planting of plugs and starter pots is not recommend.  We suggest that starter plants be potted up and allowed to grow larger before setting out in the landscape.  When the new pot has filled with roots and the plants are ready to be set out, here are a few tips for successful growing:


  • Plant in well draining, fertile soil.
  • Locate in the full sun or lightly dappled shade.
  • Feed a good quality slow release bloom boosting plant food twice yearly
  • Prune for shape after flowering
  • Protect from frost and freeze

  • Model: .U1-KIQE-L94Z
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3lbs
  • 4 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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