|This upright, deciduous shrub is an old-time favorite found in informal borders and hedges. Growing to a height of 8 feet tall and 7 feet wide, this shrub is loved primarily for its large, to 5 inches wide, funnel-shaped blooms that resemble those of the tropical hibiscus, yet not as flashy. Leaves are diamond-shaped, dark green, slightly palmate and toothed.
'Minerva' bears pinkish-lavender flowers with deep red interiors from mid-summer until mid-fall. Soil should be well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline and sun should be full, though partial shade is tolerated. This plant really requires no pruning, unless you need to remove a dead or damaged branch. Native from China to India.