Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) in the Hibiscus Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 4-10 feet
Plant Spread: 3-6 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Red
White
Bi-Color: Some flowers bloom as white, then turn pink during the day. Some flowers bloom as pink, then turn fuchsia.
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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August 29, 2015

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Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) was a featured
Plant of the Day for September 9, 2015.

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By Bubbles
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: OctoberBloom and buds
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2012-09-20Bloom nearly ready to open
By Seedfork
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2012-09-24A fresh new bloom
By Seedfork
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Location: Savannah, Georgia (my garden)Date: June 18 2017Confederate Rose #pollinator
By greene
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Location: Western North CarolinaDate: Summer
By vic
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Location: Prairieville, LADate: 2013-10-29Sometimes the blooms  do not turn completely pink, but rather loo
By Moonhowl
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: OctoberBloom, 15 ft over the gate
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-10-29
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2016-09-27
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: October
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-10-29
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Location: My YardIn my new homes landscape.
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By Bubbles
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2016-09-27same white bloom turned pink a few hours later
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Location: My gardenDate: 2016-10-17
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2009-11-01Confederate RoseTree, about 15 ft. tall
By Bubbles
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Location: Waynesboro MSDate: 2011-09-26
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2012-09-24Aging blooms along with buds
By Seedfork
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2012-09-24Shows the changing colors as the blooms age
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Location: My YardIn my new homes landscape.
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Location: Lowndesboro AL
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Location: Alabama Gulf Coast (z8b)Date: November
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2016-09-27photo taken at noon
By Bubbles
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Location: Waynesboro MSDate: 2011-08-04
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Location: HawaiiPhoto Forest and Kim Starr - Plants of Hawaii
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2014-10-12
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-07-12Confederate Rose leaves
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Location: my garden
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Location: AZDate: SpringThis is the first bloom on a new plant, I love it!
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Location: Alabama Gulf Coast (z8b)Date: November
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Location: Savannah, Georgia (my garden)Date: August 10 2016Confederate Rose seeds in pod
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Location: Savannah, Georgia (my garden)Date: August 10 2016Confederate Rose seed pods
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Comments:
Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Jul 5, 2014 10:47 AM

I winter-sowed this from seed in February and I now have a small plant that is thriving in a container in part shade. The plan is to transplant it in the fall with some protective leaf mulch when my zone 7/8 cools down and weather gets rainy. Will post more info in spring.

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Posted by Seedfork (Enterprise, Al. 36330 - Zone 8b) on Oct 27, 2017 12:19 PM

This summer was the first year after at least 10 years that I actually had new plants volunteer from seed. I had tried on several occasions to plant seed and none ever geminated. This year I kept finding new small plants popping up all in the lawn. This year my neighbor discovered a plant growing probably 100 feet from any of the others I had given her. It is amazing how fast these plants can grow.

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Posted by tuffykay56 (Tyler) on Oct 14, 2012 4:21 PM

This is my first blooming season. It is a spectacular shrub! It attracts all manner of bees and the blooms are so large that there are multiple bees collecting pollen in one flower.

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Posted by Seedfork (Enterprise, Al. 36330 - Zone 8b) on Apr 15, 2014 6:26 PM

This plant is very easy to root from cuttings. I have had no luck starting it from seed.

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Posted by Bluespiral (z7b) on Sep 17, 2016 5:48 PM

Have followed Bubbles over to this page, and if it's okay I'd like to add a "flowers-in-art" portrayal of this species. When I first saw this, I thought the artist must have used digital techniques, but it seems he actually used the ancient method and materials of Chinese black and colored inks on paper via brush-stroke technique -

Zou Chouan'an, b1941 native of Xinhua county, Hunan province, Hibiscus mutabilis ?2005

http://d-konstantinov.livejour...
-- Hibiscus mutabilis is included among other flowers on the above webpage.

video part 1 of 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

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Plant Performance Reports
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Simpsonville SC (SCButtercup) 2015: Plant performed almost perfectly
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Orangeburg, SC (Deebie) 2016: Plant performed average
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Texas (piksihk) 2017: Plant performed below average
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Enterprise, Al. 36330 zone 8b USA (Seedfork) 2017: Plant performed almost perfectly
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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On November 12, 2017 Bloomed
pink
piksihk On February 7, 2017 Maintenance performed
pruned - rooting cutting
piksihk On October 27, 2016 Bloomed
plant from LynneTX 2015
first pink blooms
piksihk On April 29, 2016 Seeds sown
pink seeds 2011; no germination
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Hibiscus mutabilis? by eclayne Dec 18, 2015 10:22 PM 4
Signs of spring by purpleinopp Mar 12, 2017 11:29 AM 8
Surprise survivors, plants in zone denial by purpleinopp Mar 5, 2017 12:01 PM 2
Name of cultivar - camellia by JudeInGa Nov 23, 2016 5:15 PM 3
Who Am I? by Lalambchop1 Sep 23, 2016 7:24 PM 4
Hibiscus identification by Exceller Aug 19, 2016 9:36 PM 3
Rain's Gone, What's Blooming in Your Garden? by Bubbles Jul 21, 2016 3:40 PM 193
June Blooms by Horntoad Jul 13, 2016 11:12 AM 49
Blooming Now by Horntoad Jun 2, 2016 2:01 PM 6
What are your successes? by piksihk Aug 24, 2016 3:42 PM 120
FREE Texas confederate rose double pink seeds (hibiscus mutabalis) by LynneHTx Apr 10, 2016 9:31 AM 13

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