Hardy Hibiscus, Rose Mallow 'Peppermint Schnapps'


Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Cultivar: Peppermint Schnapps
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly



This plant is resistant to deer

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:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

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:

Uncasville, Connecticut

Farmersburg, Indiana

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Wichita, Kansas

Accokeek, Maryland

Lincoln, Nebraska

Raleigh, North Carolina

Sapphire, North Carolina

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)

Mesquite, Texas

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 23, 2013, Clint07 from Bethlehem, PA wrote:

Very rewarding. In about its sixth year in my Zone 6a garden with perhaps 5-6 hours of sunshine on a summer day, it grows to over 6' in height. At the back of the flower bed it's striking, with up to a dozen blossoms a day for a very long stretch. It makes me look like a better gardener than I really am.


On Jun 14, 2011, MisfitFlower from Uncasville, CT wrote:

I bought 2 Rose Mallow plants from Stop & Shop last year and (not sure but) I think the are the Peppermint Schnapps variety, as this is as close as the pictures match up to what I have. I absolutely LOVE my Rose Mallows! I did not think they would stand up to Connecticut winters but, lo and behold, they came back in Spades! Just 3 stems on a young plant returned as 12 stems and counting! Eight inches of space was NOT enough - 18 inches to 2 feet would have been more like it to start. Ooops. So I'm moving my babies to bigger plots. But they grow like crazy. All I did was put them in Miracle Grow Garden soil in front of my porch and try my best to keep them damp. If they dried out, they were prone to wilting and losing their buds or blooms prematurely. And the variety I have doesn't seem to ... read more


On Sep 8, 2010, mcintoshcd from Accokeek, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hibiscus Peppermint Schnapps is a stellar plant. Give it decent sun (mine gets about 5 hours a day) and it will show off like the image I posted on the right. It blooms heavily for about two weeks, takes about two weeks off and them comes back with steady blooms until fall. It's one of the last blooming perennials (along with Monkshood) in our garden. I highly recommend this plant for its color and abundance.