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PlantFiles: Confederate Rose Mallow
Hibiscus mutabilis 'Single Flower'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: mutabilis (mew-TAB-ill-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Single Flower
Registered or introduced: 1999

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive htop On Feb 15, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant which originated in Southern China, Taiwan and Japan; however, I have observed it. Hibiscus mutabilis, cultivar 'Single Flower' has 3 to 4 inch wide, single blooms that emerge white, then "mutate" to light pink. In Zones 9 and 10, the plant has a shrubby or tree-like growth habit with woody stems. In colder zones after a hard freeze, Hibiscus mutabilis, cultivar 'Single Flower' will die back to the ground, emerge in the spring and grow rapidly. Plants grown in the northern end of their hardiness range, should be mulched during overwintering. It can withstand light frosts. Sometimes, it is slow to resprout and will not do so until temperatures are fairly warm. Remember that it is a late bloomer.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Daleville, Alabama
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Dublin, Georgia
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Austin, Texas
Katy, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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