Confederate Rose Mallow 'Single Flower'

Hibiscus mutabilis

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:

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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:

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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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.