The Q&A Archives: Confederate Rose

Question: All information on the confederate rose. Also a picture of the rose. Received cuttings and have no idea what it looks like and how to plant and care for it in the next winter.

Answer: The confederate rose's Latin name is Hibiscus mutabilis, so it is a member of the Hibiscus family, not the Rose family. It's a deciduous shrub. It's shrubby or even tree-like in warm climates; in colder areas it will behave as a perennial and need protection during winter. It has large broad leaves with 3-5 lobes. It blooms in summer with 4-6 inch flowers that usually are light colored when opening and turn darker towards dusk. They take full sun and need regular, deep watering. Cuttings root more easily if dipped in rooting hormone and provided with bottom heat of 54-68 degrees F. It may take 3 years to flower from a cutting.

A database search shows that the following publications have a photo, but I didn't find one online. Of course, you can search further with the Latin name. Good luck!

Amnuay Pinratana. Flowers in Thailand. (Nature Series no. 2c) vol 4? (1976) Pl. 36.

Garden, The. Royal Hort. Soc. vol 114, no. 12. (1989) p 600

McMakin, Patrick D. A Field Guide to the Fl. Pl. of Thailand. (1988) Pl. 132.

Polunin, Ivan. Plants and Flowers of Singapore. (1987) p 106, Pl. 78.

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