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I have this in my back yard. I received a small piece of it from my sister. She said it was a “Fire Poplar Bush”. Someone else called it the “Blood of Jesus”. This plant is very invasive and it reseeds. The has a very pretty red blossom and it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. It’s easy to propagate. My bush grows 8 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. It’s drought tolerant. Can you tell me what it is?


  • stone Master Identifier says:

    malvaviscus arboreus, Turks cap hibiscus. I would not call this desirable bloomer “invasive”. These plants are spreaders, but stay where planted in my experience. Malvaviscus can be cut back just like most other shrubs, and the limbs root readily. Malvaviscus are available in white and pink as well as the common red form… There are also a number of tropical members, available to the collector with room in the greenhouse.

    November 1st, 2012 at 8:39am

  • James Carroll Unregistered says:

    This is called Turk’s Cap. Generally, it grows more southerly of us in Atlanta (I bought mine in Mississippi), but if it likes the location you plant it in (needs full sun), it can adapt. Hummin gbirds love my plant, which continues to grow. It is still blooming as of now (Oct. 31). Think it’s a great bush!

    October 31st, 2012 at 5:11am

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