I love this beautiful hibiscus! Bobby & I purchased this from the Raleigh Farmer's market and the bud looks almost black, I was totally amazed at the size of the flower when it opened, it was the size of a dinner plate. I thought it had died out completely this past winter & was getting ready to dump out the pot of soil when amongst the weeds what do you think appeared ?, A six inch tall shoot of new growth. I was so happy. I love those little moments in life that are so small & simple but bring such personal joy.