Confederate Rose Mallow (Hibiscus mutabilis 'Rubrus') in the Hibiscus Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 4 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 6 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-08-05Confederate Rose Mallow - Hibiscus mutabilis Rubrus 001
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Location: My GardenDate: 2014-05-15
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-08-07Confederate Rose Mallow - Hibiscus mutabilis Rubrus 003
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2019-06-23Confederate Rose Mallow Hibiscus 15
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Comments:
Posted by mjsponies (Central Florida) on Jan 8, 2015 9:28 AM

I've had this for at least 6 years now. Grows in the lower part of the yard that generally stays fairly moist. No irrigation is available where it's planted, so if we don't get rain it's on its own. Gets full sun, 8+ hrs. a day. It's come back reliably from hard freezes ( zone 8b/9a). Blooms OK if we've been dry; fantastic if we've been getting usual rain. I don't ever fertilize them either. One of the few Hibiscuses I grow as I absolutely can't stand the white flies that Hibiscuses are noted for. These, for some reason, don't seem to be prone to them. There is some sort of moth caterpillar that likes to occasionally chew on the leaves, which I just pick off.
I love the big platter-shaped blooms. Fairly easy to root. Gets well over 6-7 ft. tall, but can be pruned down if you don't have that much room for them.

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