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Hibiscus syriacus (Althea, Aphrodite)

Althea, Aphrodite

Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite'

Althea 'Aphrodite', also known as Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite', is a stunning deciduous shrub that adds elegance and beauty to any landscape. With its lush, green foliage and large, showy flowers, 'Aphrodite' commands attention throughout the growing season. The blooms are strikingly attractive, boasting a vibrant pink color with a deep red eye at their center, creating a mesmerizing focal point in garden beds or along property borders. This cultivar typically reaches a height and spread of around 10 feet, making it an excellent choice for adding height and structure to the landscape.

From a landscaping perspective, Althea 'Aphrodite' offers versatility and resilience, thriving in various soil types and tolerating both drought and heat once established. Its upright, vase-shaped growth habit makes it suitable for use as a specimen plant, hedge, or screen, providing privacy and visual interest in the garden. 'Aphrodite' also attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of the landscape. Whether planted as a standalone specimen or incorporated into mixed borders, this hibiscus cultivar elevates the aesthetic appeal of any outdoor space with its lush foliage and stunning blossoms.

In terms of maintenance, Althea 'Aphrodite' is relatively low-maintenance, requiring only occasional pruning to maintain its shape and encourage prolific flowering. Pruning can be done in late winter or early spring before new growth emerges. Regular watering during dry spells and a layer of mulch to conserve moisture are beneficial for optimal growth and blooming.


Leaves are coarsely tooth and slightly tri-lobed, emerging late in the spring. Branches have a natural erect growth habit, forming a natural vase shape.  

Accent Specimen
Deciduous Hedge

Flower Color:

Dark Pink



10 Feet



10 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5a

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun
Water Needs