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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Pink Elephant'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: moscheutos (mos-KEW-tos) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Elephant
Additional cultivar information: (PP21883)
Hybridized by Miksich; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2008

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bluecatcxl On Sep 26, 2014, bluecatcxl from Farr West, UT wrote:

The BIGGEST Hibiscus flowers I have ever seen. They regularly get over a foot across and have a bubblegum pink puckered petal. The plant blooms much longer than many other cultivars that I have tried out and as far as pink goes, it is by far the best due to flower size and prolific blooming. Can often rebloom after initial blooms are gone.

Note: currently discontinued by supplier Walter's Gardens.

Positive Sandwichkatexan On May 26, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

First year growing this cultivar . Has doubled in size since I have put it in its permanent home . I will post pictures as soon as they bloom. Hopefully its as beautiful in person as it is in picture . So far it does need higher than average watering needs but perhaps it is because it is in a large half whiskey barrel planter.

Positive whitesam9 On Feb 25, 2011, whitesam9 from Dayton, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

The blossoms are huge, and a very pretty pink color. I wasn't sure how it would do in my garden because I planted it in a somewhat shady spot. But it handled the shade just fine. It bloomed for a surprisingly long time - from July all the way through late October.


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

Chicago, Illinois
Farmersburg, Indiana
Copperas Cove, Texas
Ogden, Utah (2 reports)

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