Height: 3 to 6 feet

Cooperi hibiscus

Height: 3 to 6 feet

Spread: 3 to 5 feet

Hardiness: Zones 9-11

Origin: eastern Asia

The Cooperi hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Cooperi’) is a beautiful tropical plant that loves spending summers outside on a central Ohio patio. The 4- to 5-inch five-petaled flowers are vibrant red and appear from late spring through summer, even into fall.

Also known as variegated tropical hibiscus, the plant needs to be brought inside during early spring, late fall and winter. Its variegated foliage mixes pure white and rosy pink on a dark green background. The leaf petioles are dark pink.

The soil needs to be kept evenly moist, and the foliage should be misted on the top and undersides to aid plant health and insect prevention. The Cooperi hibiscus can be seen in the Pacific Island Water Garden at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

— Barbara Arnold,Franklin Park Conservatoryand Botanical Gardens