Kitaibelia vitifolia

Full Shade
Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Mainly dry
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
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Plant Overview

This splendid perennial plant from the Lower Danube is not often offered by nurseries in the UK. Related to hollyhocks, it grows 6-8ft high with unusual, vine-like leaves and large, showy cup-shaped white flowers from July to September. It forms a good sized bush, and works very well at the back of a border.

Almost shrub-like, this is a rare tall plant that is happy in sun or shade, and normal or moist soil and really deserves to be better known. Fantastic for providing interest for shady areas where you might normally struggle to find a flowering plant.

From the Danube in 1890 and named after the botanist Kitaebel. It still grows wild in Yugoslavia.

Height: 1.5-2m

Common name(s): Russian hibiscus, Chalice flower, Vine-Leaved Kitaibelia

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.