Hardy Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow 'Luna Red'

Hibiscus moscheutos

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: moscheutos (mos-KEW-tos) (Info)
Cultivar: Luna Red
Additional cultivar information:(PP16155, Luna Series, aka Red Luna, Bahlibred)
Hybridized by Leue
Registered or introduced: 2003
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Dothan, Alabama

Bradenton, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Nokomis, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Norcross, Georgia

Suwanee, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Hayden, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois

Downers Grove, Illinois

Norton, Massachusetts

Garden City, Michigan

Jackson, Mississippi

Saint Louis, Missouri

Hebron, Nebraska

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Glens Falls, New York

Clemmons, North Carolina

Hamlet, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma

Stayton, Oregon

North Augusta, South Carolina

Saluda, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Middleton, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Belton, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Granbury, Texas

Temple, Texas

Amelia Court House, Virginia

Disputanta, Virginia

Hampton, Virginia (2 reports)

Bremerton, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Sauk City, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 15, 2015, jv123 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very vigorous hibiscus, and loaded with huge dinner plate sized flowers reliably by August every year. Mine still hasn't been frozen to the ground yet this winter, and it's looking like it won't this year. Last year it grew to 4 feet high, who knows what'll happen this year? The base is getting very large around, it's more like a tree now.


On Dec 7, 2011, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Does great partially shaded here . I had three in full sun all died in this drought of 2011 . The six I have partially shaded are all doing well.


On Sep 1, 2011, jgrode from Chicago, IL wrote:

Is this plant (the flowers) edible? I'd like to make a tea like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus_tea

Thank you for any information!


On Jun 18, 2011, canadianplant from thunder bay
Canada (Zone 4b) wrote:

This is an interesting plant. First, I never thought any hibiscus would survive in canada, let alone, here. Second, I bought this labeled as "Hibiscus Syriacus "Luna Red" from home depot last year. I found out that it isnt Syriacus, but Moscheutos ( why they do that ill never know).

My city is usualy regarded as zone 3a but when you break it down, there are narrow bands or warmer zones, the closer to the lake you go. Im lucky enough to be on the border of the warmest zone ( zone say zone 5a!!) and the one next ( 4b) and to get a relitivly reliable deep snow pack ( usualy 3 feet).

This Hibiscus managed to survive here, and is growing like a weed!. I noticed it coming back from the roots a few days ago, after a sort of weird spring ( sort of cool and wet,... read more


On Jun 9, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Have some different ones from years ago so I had to add these to my collection.. I obtained them from the local Home Depot in 2010 and so far this year I am getting the new shoots coming up the first week of June.. Looks good so far. I have mine surrounded by cages I make using the vinyl coated garden fencing to help them stay up once the flowers arrive which I find is a big help.


On Aug 7, 2006, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is new series of hibiscus...I added it was Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping only after it becomes established...This hibiscus grow about 2' tall and 2' wide..with massive flowers from 6 to 7 inches across...Luna is shorter so is great for mass.It's ideal for perennial borders, as hedging and in pots.These plants are heavy feeders,double up on feeding if blooming slows or foliage begins to show yellow.


On Jun 24, 2006, cseros from Jackson, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

huge 10 in. maroon blooms, not red
partial shade to full sun
comes back more full and beautiful each year