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

Hibiscus moscheutos

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


24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall






Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

By serpentine layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bigelow, Arkansas

Solgohachia, Arkansas

Winsted, Connecticut

Marietta, Georgia

Chesterton, Indiana

Piedmont, Missouri

Blair, Nebraska

Morehead City, North Carolina

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Swansea, South Carolina

Denison, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 3, 2007, garden_mom from Bigelow, AR wrote:

Central Arkansas, Zone 7b. This hibiscus very tough. I bought one three gallon pot in August for hubby's birthday, planted it, kept it watered for a few months, then dug it up in the fall and chopped the roots into four big pieces. I replanted those in the center of my border out by the road and they reached full size (almost 3 feet tall and quite bushy) the following spring. I get lots of comments on this plant and people stop their car to stare. This plant breaks dormancy in May (great to interplant with early spring bulbs) and starts blooming for me the first week of June and continues until a hard frost knocks it down until the next spring. I have also had good success rooting branches in a vase of water that the dog broke off . It took my cuttings two years to reach a good size and st... read more


On Jul 29, 2006, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I absolutely love this plant!! When it is in bloom, cars slow down to check it out. If you like something that screams "Hey!! Check me out", then this is the plant for you. I leave mine in the ground and it comes back every year. I do need to start the propagation process with this but haven't yet. Unfortunately, the hibiscus sawfly absolutely loves this plant and they will start laying their eggs on the undersides of the leaves at which point the larva hatch and will start chewing the leaves down to ratty little nubs of nothing! The larva are almost invisible they are so small, so even if you think you have found all the critters making lunch of your plant, you must go back and really take time to check and make sure they are really all gone. Prevention is key. Next year I will app... read more


On Jun 15, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have two plants in pots started easily from cuttings late last fall ~ one is three feet tall and already flowering! It's SO healthy and happy there in the pot, but I can't wait to put it in the ground and watch it take off. Gorgeous MASSIVE blooms ~ too bad they last only one day.


On Aug 1, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I grew this plant in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, and it amazed me, as it produces huge flowers on quite small plants which are not more than two feet tall. This plant has survived three quite cold winters in Georgia, and I collected seed, which I have started here in NorthCentral Florida, zone 8b. The plants are now about 4 inches tall in August, and will be overwintered in pots in a cool greenhouse or cold frame, and placed out in flower beds when I feel they are large enough to survive our voracious insects. It will be interesting to see if they come up true to color from seed, as I don't know much about the Disco Bell line.