The Q&A Archives: Cupped Leaves on Confederate Rose

Question: My Confederate Rose plant leaves are cupping under or withering.
I have found no critters on the leaves what is happening? The
leaves are not the normal texture. They are hard instead of the
normal texture.

Answer: Hibiscus mutabilis is the Confederate Rose and it can be attacked by thrips, aphids and whiteflies. All of these sucking insects can leave traces of toxin when they pierce the leaves to feed so I suspect, even though you're not seeing any pests, that they have been there and done their damage. I'd pinch off the affected leaves and watch the plant for signs of additional infestation. If so, you might be able to identify the pest and take control measures. Best wishes with your Confederate Rose!

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