The Schmidt & Botley Co. p. 31 (1920)
Springfield, Ohio

Sub-Violaceous. Flowers of enormous size, beautiful carmine, tinted with violet. Probably the largest flower of the Hibiscus family, and an unusually free bloomer. We take great pleasure in recommending this fine plant.

Pacific Rural Press p. 593 (June 22, 1889)
[Writter for the Rural Press by FRANCES R. SAUNDERS.]

As a shrub for lawn planting, nothing that I have seen surpasses the hibiscus in beauty of flower and foliage, or shapeliness of form. It is a constant bloomer, and is one of the things that will survive much ill treatment, though no plant can be neglected with impunity. Being of symmetrical form, it requires little training, unless it be to prevent its branching too low down.

The foliage is very attractive, the leaves having a particularly fine gloss from which the dust is easily removed by the wind, a feature of no small merit in this country.

But its chief attraction is in its flowers, which are borne in profusion and are remarkably large and brilliant, and are thrust well out upon single stems. I have one of the sub-violaceous variety, which has created a good deal of flattering comment among my friends, and indeed, many strangers have stopped to inquire its name. It was planted in May, 1888, and being a small mailing size, I had faint hopes of its success, as the season was so far advanced when it came. But how it did thrive. And almost at once it began to bloom and continued blooming until Christmas.

It requires good drainage and sufficient but not too much water. Soapsuds may be used freely as a fertilizer, ammonia added to the suds to the amount of a tablespoonful to a gallon of water. The soil should be well worked, and never allowed to bake. In this climate the hibiscus will grow to a height of three or four feet the first season, with wood well matured. Frost nips the buds and tender leaves but does not kill the shrub.
Redlands, Cal.

Hibiscus bibliography

ps: This variety was later called 'American Beauty'. The picture shown here was later used for the very different 'Peachblow'.