Hardy Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow 'Luna Pink Swirl'

Hibiscus moscheutos

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: moscheutos (mos-KEW-tos) (Info)
Cultivar: Luna Pink Swirl
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink




White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly



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 seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Montgomery, Alabama

Visalia, California

Uncasville, Connecticut

Orange Park, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Fayetteville, Georgia

Warner Robins, Georgia

Aurora, Illinois

Downers Grove, Illinois

Farmersburg, Indiana

Munster, Indiana

Wichita, Kansas

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Ville Platte, Louisiana

Westwood, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dunn, North Carolina

Akron, Ohio

Columbia Station, Ohio

Oak Hill, Ohio

Summerville, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Beaumont, Texas

China, Texas

Haltom City, Texas

Houston, Texas

Nome, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Temple, Texas

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 31, 2015, Plantlust2 from Aurora, IL wrote:

Reliable perennial bloomer here in the wilds of Chicago from July until fall. Consistently has approx 7 inch diameter blooms on a 32 inches high and wide plant. No pinching needed to keep plant compact. I would almost call it a small shrub!

Some Japanese beetle damage and foliage appears chartreuse in it's full sun location. I've done no additional care (no extra water or feeding) since year #1. Currently, my 'Luna Pink Swirl' is about 4 yrs old. A show stopper!


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

I have a couple different ones from way back when and so I had to add these to my collection. I purchase these in 2010 from the local Home Depot in 2010.... They are coming up pretty good.. New little shoots have appeared and it's the first week of June.. I have mine surrounded by cages I make with the vinyl coated garden fencing to help when thelarge flowers arrive. It is a big help.


On May 23, 2011, bariolio from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted this in a pot last year. It makes a gorgeous flower, as you can see from the pictures. But mine seemed to have gotten a disease, so I cut it back to about 3 inches. Then winter came and I thought it was dead. But lo and behold, it grew into a beautiful bush again and just had it's first blossom this Spring! Don't give up too soon on those potted, dead-looking plants! Another thing, it really does like to be watered daily in our TX heat, especially this very hot Spring/Summer. Will wilt within one day...


On Jul 6, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

'Luna Pink Swirl' (Hibiscus moscheutos) has much deeper pink color tones than 'Luna Blush'. It has six to seven inch pink flowers with white swirls and dark burgundy red eyes..