Texas Stars Greet the SolsticePosted: June 21, 2014
The Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) opened at first light and greeted the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies gather its nectar. Birds pick the hibiscus’s seeds in the fall and have replanted some in the natural area behind the fence.
The Texas Star is a reliable bloomer and is root hardy on the Gulf Coast. It adds more stems to the plant each year and also reseeds. It begins to bloom during the long Midsummer days.