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ID: shrub in Southern Ohio

 
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Location: Down the road and around the bend, Southern Ohio, Zone 6a/6b
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This is coming out because it's blocking some blueberries and okra, but if anyone recognizes it...
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flowering top with buds
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leaf
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stem is smooth, buds forming at the upper nodes
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ground level with the stumps of last year's cutting
 
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Flower buds that are forming look like hibiscus
 
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+1 give it a few weeks and you might decide to keep/move it!
 
Shalom Eigenheimer
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Oh yes I did identify a lone hibiscus flower growing in that area when we moved in about a year ago. I will let it bloom and set seed, and I will collect the seeds and find a more suitable spot to plant them next year.

I will probably also harvest and dry the flowers for tea, in which I have a little experience; and I may also look into harvesting fiber from the stems, in which I have no experience.
 
Shalom Eigenheimer
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The hibiscus began to bloom this morning.
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Beautiful flowers.
 
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Looks like a keeper to me!
 
Shalom Eigenheimer
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My wife the professional photographer says thank you for advising me to not take it down.
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Bumblebees been gorging on this gorgeous bud.
 
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