General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 4-10 feet
Plant Spread: 3-6 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bi-Color: Some flowers bloom as white, then turn pink during the day. Some flowers bloom as pink, then turn fuchsia.
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
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
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Confederate Rose
  • Hibiscus
  • Cotton Rose

Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) was a featured
Plant of the Day for September 9, 2015.
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  • Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Jul 5, 2014 10:47 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Seedfork (Enterprise, Al. 36330 - Zone 8b) on Oct 27, 2017 12:19 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Bluespiral on Sep 17, 2016 5:48 PM concerning plant:
    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

    -- Hibiscus mutabilis is included among other flowers on the above webpage.

    video part 1 of 2 -
  • Posted by tuffykay56 (Tyler) on Oct 14, 2012 4:21 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Seedfork (Enterprise, Al. 36330 - Zone 8b) on Apr 15, 2014 6:26 PM concerning plant:
    This plant is very easy to root from cuttings. I have had no luck starting it from seed.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On July 3, 2021 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Freeze got it
piksihk On October 7, 2019 Bloomed
Double pink
piksihk On March 6, 2018 Obtained plant
piksihk On November 12, 2017 Bloomed
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
lovesblooms On March 9, 2020 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On February 26, 2020 Seeds sown
double pink; indoors, heat, lights
lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Hibiscus mutabilis? by eclayne Dec 18, 2015 10:22 PM 4
Not Malvaviscus but Hibiscus by Danita Feb 1, 2022 8:08 PM 11

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