Hardy Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow 'Disco Belle Pink'

Hibiscus moscheutos

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: moscheutos (mos-KEW-tos) (Info)
Cultivar: Disco Belle Pink
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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

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:


Jones, Alabama

Belleview, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Winterville, Georgia

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Wood Dale, Illinois

Greenville, Indiana

Upland, Indiana

Indianola, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Salem, Kentucky

Belle Chasse, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

North Yarmouth, Maine

Arlington, Massachusetts

Swansea, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Flat Rock, Michigan

Warren, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Madison, Mississippi

Meridian, Mississippi

Piedmont, Missouri

Blair, Nebraska

Buffalo, New York

Thomasville, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Denver, Pennsylvania

North Smithfield, Rhode Island

Aiken, South Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

Lafayette, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Keller, Texas

Plano, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

West Bend, Wisconsin

Casper, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2008, DallasDad from Murphy, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've planted about twenty of these here just northeast of Dallas. They are very slow growing until the weather warms up. They like good-drainage, and don't seem to like clay very much. The ones I planted in planters with good potting soil are doing much better than the ones in the ground. However, only the summer will tell for sure.


On Aug 30, 2006, younggardener from Indianola, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is by far my favorite flower. I have four hibiscus plants, including this cultivar. I love them so much and the just keep on blooming endlessly! :)


On May 16, 2006, gardenbeads from Warren, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a very beautiful hibiscus. The flowers are as big as small dinner plates. People keep asking me "What kind of flower is that?" as it is not a common plant grown in Michigan. It overwinters just fine and provides flowers from the end of July through to September if you give it some bloom booster before it flowers. Just remember not to overwater as the leaves will turn yellow and the buds will fall off. It prefers a drier spot and likes the heat.


On Apr 7, 2005, traceyh from Hurley, NY wrote:

This is a real show-stopper in New York. People don't expect to see hibiscus here. My first year with this plant, I was shocked at how long it remained dormant. It stays asleep even longer than Rose of Sharon. Mine did not show signs of life until June 1st. Then it just shot up. It is worth the wait!


On Jun 4, 2004, okus from (Zone 8b) wrote:

The flower is huge, but I would describe the bloom colour as white blushed pink with red center. The plant seems to weather 70mph wids well too