Hibiscus Species, Confederate Rose, Cotton Rose

Hibiscus mutabilis

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: mutabilis (mew-TAB-ill-iss) (Info)
Synonym:Abelmoschus mutabilis
Synonym:Hibiscus immutabilis
Synonym:Hibiscus immutabilis
Synonym:Hibiscus javanicus
Synonym:Hibiscus sinensis
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama(2 reports)

Bessemer, Alabama

Cottondale, Alabama

Daphne, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Double Springs, Alabama

Dutton, Alabama

Foley, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama

Gaylesville, Alabama

Hamilton, Alabama

Holly Pond, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Jones, Alabama

Lincoln, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Notasulga, Alabama

Pelham, Alabama

Tuskegee, Alabama

Union Grove, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Chandler Heights, Arizona

Paris, Arkansas

Arroyo Grande, California

Capistrano Beach, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Laguna Beach, California

Moreno Valley, California

Orland, California

Rancho Calaveras, California

Roseville, California

San Clemente, California

San Leandro, California

Stockton, California

Tulare, California

Valley Springs, California

Alachua, Florida

Apopka, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Citra, Florida

Crawfordville, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Floral City, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Glen Saint Mary, Florida

Hampton, Florida

Hollywood, Florida(2 reports)

Inverness, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida(2 reports)

Keystone Heights, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Lynn Haven, Florida

Marianna, Florida

Miami, Florida

North Port, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida(2 reports)

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Sarasota, Florida(2 reports)

Vero Beach, Florida

Welaka, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida(3 reports)

Atlanta, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Blackshear, Georgia

Blakely, Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia(2 reports)

Cedartown, Georgia

Colbert, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Eatonton, Georgia

Ellabell, Georgia

Forsyth, Georgia

Hortense, Georgia

Loganville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Milledgeville, Georgia

Patterson, Georgia

Snellville, Georgia

Suwanee, Georgia

Waverly, Georgia

Waverly Hall, Georgia

White, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana(2 reports)

Belle Chasse, Louisiana

Echo, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Homer, Louisiana

Independence, Louisiana

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

Mandeville, Louisiana(2 reports)

New Orleans, Louisiana(2 reports)

Slidell, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Bangor, Maine

Preston, Maryland

Leakesville, Mississippi

Lucedale, Mississippi

Lumberton, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Natchez, Mississippi

Philadelphia, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Toomsuba, Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi

Tylertown, Mississippi

Vossburg, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Long Branch, New Jersey

Villas, New Jersey

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

New Bern, North Carolina

Oxford, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Rowland, North Carolina

San Antonio, Puerto Rico

Bluffton, South Carolina(2 reports)

Bonneau, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Edisto Island, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina(2 reports)

Fountain Inn, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

North Charleston, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Swansea, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Summertown, Tennessee

Waverly, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Alvarado, Texas

Angleton, Texas

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Baytown, Texas

Belton, Texas

Brenham, Texas

Center, Texas

Corsicana, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Galveston, Texas

Greenville, Texas

Hallettsville, Texas

Houston, Texas(3 reports)

Jacksonville, Texas

Katy, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Kurten, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

Navasota, Texas

New Caney, Texas(2 reports)

Plano, Texas

Port Neches, Texas

Rockport, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

Santa Fe, Texas

Spring, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas(2 reports)

Tomball, Texas

Trenton, Texas

Troup, Texas

Tyler, Texas

West Columbia, Texas

Disputanta, Virginia

South Boston, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia(2 reports)

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 22, 2014, anac1979 from Colbert, GA wrote:

I took a cutting of a Confederate Rose last fall from a house my husband was remodeling. It looked like it was surely dead but I kept watering it, hoping, & my little piece is now a foot tall! I can't wait to have it big & flowering. I haven't had any problem with white flies or aphids, but I would NEVER use a pesticide such as Bayer on any of my plants. Bayer's neonicotinoid pesticides, which are synthetic derivatives of nicotine that attack insects' nervous systems, not only kills the aphids, but bees, lady beetles & butterflies as well. Neonicotinoids are what's known as "systemic," meaning they suffuse and "express" themselves in the whole plant when it germinates, including nectar and pollen. That's precisely what makes them so effective at attacking pestsand, unfortunately, "nontarg... read more


On Apr 23, 2014, 2013_2 from Greenville, TX wrote:

Sudie Goodman grew Confederate Rose in Deed East, TX by Sam Rayburn Lake. However had to sell that Lake Cabin.
Now, I am in Greenville, TX Hardiness Zone 8 - 7b. Heat Zone 9
I am planting another in the east, front yard to get morning sun but afternoon shade.
Folks, thanks for your comments on culture. However, ALWAYS give your Hardiness & Heat Zone, State, etc. for greater help.
Thank you, & happy gardening. Gotta go plant my CONFEDERATE ROSE. I will not move away & leave it this one.


On Feb 7, 2014, NorthTexasKim from Plano, TX wrote:

Received two plants from Mississippi master gardener in 2009. One flowers white, the other flowers deep red/wine red. Huge, plate-sized, single-flowers open in AM and last one day. Don't know variety; white may be a wooly mallow? Does anybody have any idea? Probably needs more sun to grow straight up and not be so leggy. No pest problems. I grow in slightly acidic soil with an organic program. I read that aphids and white flies flock to high nitrogen soils. Remedies include spraying with seaweed, citris oil, or neem and add rock phosphate. I also use fish emulsion and Biowash. Releasing lady bugs, wasps, etc., helps. Nice to learn from the posts how easy it is grow from cuttings. Will try this year and plant in a sunnier location. Have tons of seeds so I'm attempting to grow s... read more


On Nov 22, 2013, al_yankee from Daleville, AL wrote:

I have 3 varities - double, single, and Alma's Star. I have met Alma from Brantley, Alabama who first grew this sport. I have not had any problem growing them with very little care. I have not had any luck growing from seeds but cuttings will root in the greenhouse over winter. I live in Southeast Alabama.


On Oct 2, 2012, lindaloume2 from Navasota, TX wrote:

I love my Confederate Rose, its my fav plant. I planted it a few years ago after buying it from a nursery and the first year I had a tree filled with big beautiful rose type blooms that were bigger than my hand. the first day the blooms were white, that night looked almost peppermint and the next morning they are pink. a tree loaded with 3 different colored flowers.. the tree died back and came back the next year with 10 trunks coming up. Not this past June, but the one before I lost everything but the cloths on my back in a fire that wiped out my entire 6 acres of what used to be a heavily wooded lot, to my surprise my Confederate Rose grew out of ashes and is one of the only trees to survive the fire, thank goodness.. and a year later another plant popped up 20 ft away from it YAY! I lo... read more


On Sep 13, 2012, Desirai from Glencoe, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I got a cutting off my neighbor's last year, I planted it around August and it died a horrible death by October.. I was surprised to see it sprouting this summer out of the ground. It's almost 5 feet tall now and loaded with buds. I can't wait for it to bloom. Tree frogs seem to love this plant because they hang all over it.

zone 7a/7b


On May 22, 2012, RandyRick from Dahlonega, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I see a number of posts that recommend using Bayer Advanced to treat aphids on this plant.

Bayer Advanced contains the pesticide imidacloprid which is poisonous to honey bees. So while you're getting rid of aphids, you're also getting rid of the bees.


On Nov 9, 2011, drdanville from Soperton, GA wrote:

we moved into a home in milledgeville ga. on lake sinclair.ther was an established cotton rose growing on the property. the plant since has gotten insects all over it and the leaves are black, like soot on it . what can i do to make it better?


On Oct 17, 2011, doctordee1941 from North Port, FL wrote:

What a beatiful bloomer. Takes little care except for Bayer Tree & Rose. No problems with white flies or aphids.


On Sep 28, 2011, mandpw40 from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I'm sold! But before I search for this plant, devote a large piece of my small garden and begin battling white flies, i'd like to know. Are these plants good for providing cut flowers and/or nice additions to fall arrangements?


On May 6, 2011, erjeffery from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Several years ago I bought a small Confederate Rose (about 2 ft. tall) in poor condition from a local nursery. Brought it home and planted it in my courtyard and immediately began fighting white flies. I tried several different sprays and nothing really helped, though the plant thrived. A couple years back I discovered Bayer Tree and Shrub liquid concentrate and the white fly problem is solved! My tree is about 15 feet tall now, has survived two winters with mid to high teen temps (I just had to trim off dead limbs in the spring), and it has given me enough healthy volunteers to dig up and give to friends and one to transplant to my back yard. White flowers in the morning which turn dark pink by late afternoon. I love this plant!


On Mar 29, 2011, Floridoug from St. Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I'm just now growing this plant from seed. However, I've seen a number of other larger plants of this species (that's where I got the seed from). I don't know how anyone can rate a plant a negative; it seems to me that all plants are positives, but a combination of location & plant can be negative. I suppose a coconut palm would be rated a negative in Alaska. It's not the coconut palms are no good on their own. However, I see people complain about insects, including aphids. My hibiscus, closely related, are prone to aphid outbreaks (at least once per year), but with two applications of Bayer's Rose & Flower Insect Spray (the dark blue plastic spray bottle at hardware stores), the aphids go away.

The plant, however, is very impressive and makes a great addition to people's ya... read more


On Oct 30, 2010, kiseta from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

My rose is beutiful, but the lady that gave me her cutting did not tell me it will be such a large bush. It is up about 9 feet tall, I wish I have planted in a different place. Can I move it after it stops blooming, in late Winter??? It is 3 years old and enjoy it very much in Augusta, Ga


On Sep 4, 2010, forgottenfl from Crawfordville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

It is evident to me that this plant THRIVES..BIG TIME..in Crawfordville, FL (crook of the FL Panhandle). I grew up a yankee..with a southern heart and lived in GA for numerous years. Then moved just inland of the coast S. of Tallahassee; when I saw this plant in other folks yards I fell in love with it. I planted mine about 5 years ago from a literal stick and it has flourished. Last year it got so large (about 20x15 ft) I was worried. :)

We have 5 acres, so there is alot of room to grow; however the current plant is very close to my rose garden and other plants that seem a bit "changed". I saw the reports of white flies and now I'm wondering. When I say a bit close, I'm talking about a 30 ft distance at least. Any comments regarding this?

I'm also intre... read more


On Apr 16, 2010, shn02al from Wetumpka, AL wrote:

I planted this last year and it gave me no troubles at all. However, my confederate rose (Alma's Star) is not showing any signs of growth yet. I love in Zone 8a (central AL). Is it dead??? I just pruned all the limbs off it a couple of weeks ago. Should it be greening up by now?


On Nov 12, 2009, aprilstar70 from White, GA wrote:

The rose was planted in July of this year. From a 3 ft. plant stem. As of now it has produced good green leaves and has the most beautiful bloom of white. It has 3 more buds on the same stem. I don't know what to do when it quits blooming. Can anyone help me? I don't want to lose this beautiful plant.


On Oct 19, 2009, blueflower19 from Lufkin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

White flies, white flies and more white flies. I have spoken to several people in my county that grow confederate rose and they too have to deal with the white flies. There is no point in trying to fight it. Keep the fight confined to keeping the white flies off the other kinds of hibiscus you happen to grow. That being said, I love the confederate rose. It will cheerfully bloom regardless of the white fly infestation.


On Oct 4, 2009, CharlestonOG from Charleston, SC wrote:

As an organic gardener in James Island, SC, I LOVE this plant. I transplanted a 30 year old shrub 4 years ago so I could build a house, cutting it back to the ground after transplanting. It is now a 20-24 feet tall tree that thrives in sandy, rather poor soil at the corner of my property. If I had known it would get this big, I would not have planted other things so close. I propagate this plant from cuttings spring-fall, placed in water until rooted and then into a good potting soil. Kids love this plant for its giant pink double flowers. Mine are about 6 inches wide - (flowers not kids.) The only downside to this plant is that you will need to remove the large, dead leaves and flowers as they drop.


On Jun 30, 2009, DanKistner from Winter Haven, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is truly a hardy one here in Zone 9. I moved into a house that had one neglected on the side and it is probably close to 10 FT tall!. It looks as if it hasn't been pruned in a long time. Flowers are beautiful! Change color from light to dark pink throughout the day.


On Dec 2, 2008, toppercat from Brenham, TX wrote:

Lovely autumn blooms here in Brenham TX (Zone 8B). Every winter I prune to knee height, and every summer it grows to about 15-20'. It only gets watered when it rains or when I water the lawn, and no fertilizer. My neighbors remove the lower branches so that it looks like a tree. Mine bears clear pink double flowers that turn nearly magenta with age. I'm uploading some images that a professional photograper took, not at my direction but just because she was enchanted. Several times a year, someone knocks at my door and asks for a cutting because it reminds them of their grandmother's plant. I thought it was a nuisance at first, but since I can't kill it, I've decided to love it.


On May 1, 2008, JanLynn from (Jan) So Milw, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I am in zone 5b and I'm aware that this is NOT HARDY in my zone but I don't let something like that stop me from growing it :)

I gave this a neutral rating at the moment as I just got the unrooted cuttings the Fall of 2006. During the winter I rooted the cuttings in water w/H202, potted it in a large black nursery container and moved it outside last summer (2007) to encourage growth. I overwintered in my basement plantroom and have just recently moved the container outside, to my "hobby" GH to acclimate it for the summer. Hopefully I will get flowers this year which I am impatiently anticipating!! I love RoS and anything related to the hibiscus family---be it hardy and/or tropical!!


On Apr 22, 2008, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My plant is 20 feet tall, has 4-5 in. double pink blooms from Sept thru November.Mine gets afternoon sun only and is growing alongside yellow brugmansias. It roots easily from cuttings and the seed grow well too. I give it no care whatsoever. Here on the coast, we need shade from the hot Texas sun but trees are risky because the hurricanes will dump them on your roof. This 20 foot tall shrub with leaves the size of dinner plates makes very good shade but does not get tall enough to fall on the house.


On Mar 26, 2008, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Zone 8b, deep East, Broaddus, TX
Folks, an aquaintence today, 3-26-2008, gave me 3 soft-wood cuttings as well as 1 hardwood cutting.
I will try to root one softwood cutting inside in a jar of water.
Others, I will plant in potting soil by Miracle-Grow Moisture Control. I planted one inground last Fall 07 which did not root.

This Confederate Rose bears both white and red flowers on the same bush.
I will post my success/failure in the months ahead.
Keep those hands dirty!


On Jan 7, 2008, MKBen from Slidell, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I moved from a home in a tight subdivision to a home on an acre and half in Louisiana eight months ago and am still finding lots of native treasures here. One was the Confederate Rose in the front of the house. Did not know exactly how it would bloom and happily discovered its beauty in the fall. Amazing! But it is a huge plant. At least 20 feet tall with multiple "trunks". I need to cut it back but not sure how much I can cut.


On Aug 6, 2007, TeresaInCAL from Valley Springs, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I LOVE this tree! It's grown very quickly, about 15' tall, and wide in 3 years! Has a huge trunk, and is currently blooming. The flowers are very beautiful. It's very easy to care for...just make sure you give it plenty of room!
Cuttings seem to root well in water.

Full sun, regular water.


On Oct 11, 2006, Eufaula from Eatonton, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

My first canes for the Confederate Rose were only 6 to 8 inches long! My father gave them to me from cutting back his own after the first frost , here in Georgia.
I placed them in water in a bucket then placed them in a room protected from freezing! When Spring came I planted them Directly to the garden! Three years later and I have some shrubs that are 14 feet tall, and covered with huge 4 to 6 inch blooms!


On Sep 29, 2006, jybrown from Red Bluff, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I grew the 'Rubrus' variety. Lots of magenta flowers all summer until frost. The plant was planted on the east side of my house and shaded for at least half the day. The only pruning I did was to keep it below the roof line and out of the walkway. It does make a huge plant, but the flowers are wonderful. I didn't notice any insect problems.


On Sep 17, 2006, carlam from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have this plant in my yard - the white flies flock to it. I have have very few blossoms this year. Wonder if it's because I cut it way back last winter??? It's green - filled with bugs, and no flowers :(


On Aug 19, 2006, John_913 from Virginia Beach, VA wrote:

I purchased a Confederate Rose plant in Orange Park, FL and planted in a mostly sunny (7 - 8 hours daily) location at my home in Virginia Beach. The first year, the plant grew to about 6 feet but did not produce flowers. The second year, it grew to about 7 feet and had a handful of blooms in early November. In the third year (2005), the plant reached nearly 8 feet in height and was covered with flowers from early October until late November. Each year after the leaves turn in late November, I cut the plant back to about 6 inches and mulch heavily with pine straw for the winter. New growth emerges from the ground in early April. Last winter I sucessfully rooted several cuttings (pencil thick and about 10 to 12 inches long) in moist sand in a bucket in the garage. I have planted several... read more


On Apr 1, 2006, Leilani0927 from Slidell, LA wrote:

I bought two of the white/pink/rose Confederate Rose plants about 4 years ago. I had seen the shrubs in bloom and had to have some. Since then, I have started several from seeds, and have noted that when small the plants didn't survive outside. I have had luck with my seedlings coming back after they were overwintered the first year, then transplanted to a permanent site the second spring. Also, the young plants seemed to have a problem with white fly, but I haven't noticed any white fly on the more mature shrubs. I should note that at the time of the white fly problem, I did have some other plants that were highly attractive to the pest. My daughter-in-law in Ft. Lauderdale reported that the seedling I gave her two years ago self-seeds readily, but again, I haven't had this happen i... read more


On Mar 3, 2006, Gourd from Mesilla Park, NM wrote:

This plant was sent to me as a rooted cutting and in four years, it has bloomed and thrived. The only problem i have with it is that as soon as it gets buds, frost hits them and they fall off. It is in an unprotected area and if I figure out how to root a couple of stems, I will plant it in other areas.


On Nov 21, 2005, admodeva from Dutton, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchased and planted this in late July at about 1 foot high, planted in full sun and in just under 3 months it was over 5 ft tall and bloomed many times during late Oct. I didn't realize how big it would get or I would have put it somewhere else, but I do love it for it's changing bloom color, starts off white, then changes to light pinkish purple and finishes solidly deep pink. The blooms are large also and really stand out. It required heavy watering (every other day during summer) to avoid becoming wilted, and had moderate problems with insects, mostly caterpillars I think. I've mulched heavily and hope it's winter hardy here, I'd hate to lose this one.


On Nov 19, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

We love our Confederate Roses. We have several, all blooming still in late November. They easily reach 20 feet high and wide. Rita broke some branches, but they are healed and the gaps have filled. Bugs don't seem to bother it here. We just have one young white one that came up from seed. A truly great plant. The blooming slowed in July and August, but started again big time soon after.


On Jun 29, 2005, joebloom from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I have had great success with this plant in San Antonio, Tx. I planted it at 2' and now stands about 15'. It does not die down for the winter. It blooms sporadically during summer and consistently from October / November till frost. This plant has grown in to a small tree with a thick trunk. Beautiful flowers - bloom white to a dark pink wilting in one day.


On Oct 25, 2004, copano from Rockport TX 78382,
United States (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love this plant. When it was about 4-5 feet tall the leaves were attacked by some insect. I never was able to see it. I sprayed with Acephate-75 mixed in water and that took care of it. Now it is over 8 feet tall and blooming like a champion. I live on the coast of Texas in zone 9.


On Oct 21, 2004, plantzperson from Zachary, LA wrote:

Insects do chomp it up, but I just let' em! It still grows bigger and blooms more each year. Gets raves from many folks who have never seen it, & most want one for themselves or others. I have the white which changes to pink, the double pink that changes to deep, dark rose red, the single deep wine red, and have a start of the single white which changes to pink. Got started with cuttings, mostly. They seem easier than seeds, which do take longer to mature and bloom. I'm in South La.


On Oct 20, 2004, Bitsi from Fayetteville, NC wrote:

The Confederate Rose grows in my area. I believe I am in zone 7 or 8. I think it's 8. I am in Fayetteville, NC. Anyway, just today, 10-20-04, I stopped at a lady's house up the street from me, and she is going to give me a cutting from hers. I had one, but two years ago, it died. I believe what killed mine was weevils. Pest they are, but I was once told, if you spray your shrubs with a mix of 1 part mild dish liquid and 1 part water and spray your shrubs with them, it will keep most insects off them. I don't know if it would keep weevils off them or not, but I am sure there is something out there that can get rid of the weevils. I had a real problem with white flies on my gardenias, but never saw them on my Confederate Rose. One thing I did not ever see on my Confederate Rose were seeds... read more


On Oct 5, 2004, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have seen these plants around in z7 gardens my whole life. I never had one of my own but I now tend my grandmother's which is just huge and my own which is now 1 yr old started from a cutting. Mine is now about 5.5 ft tall, my grandmother's is about 10 ft. I have even traded some plants this year and received a white single confederate rose rooted cutting to start next year. I am going to pot it up for the winter for I fear it will not have time enought to get a good hold before the frost will hit. They are one of the last things to bloom around here with the mums. Very cool plant.

I took a cutting last year and it grew to about 5 feet or a little more, I have not seen any evidence of it coming back up as of yet 4-24-05, but my white single has put up a few leaves.


On Sep 29, 2004, Khyssa from Inverness, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I live in Citrus county, Florida, zone 9a. I have 1 bush in my front yard which is about 10 feet high and 6 feet wide. I planted it last fall and it froze back nearly to the ground over the winter. This spring the bush started growing extremely fast but ended up looking rather leggy. The winds during hurricanes Frances and Jeanne whipped the bush all over the place and I was sure that I would end up losing it. To my surprise, the bush only lost a couple of branches and started blooming again the day after hurricane Jeanne.


On Jun 1, 2004, redfish22 from Punta Gorda, FL wrote:

This is a beautiful plant and when ours is heathly it flowers for weeks on end and they are incredible. My problem with this plant is it's susceptibility to bugs, especially white fly in my area. It tolerates draught and full Florida sun but I can't keep the white fly away from it and then they get on our other Hibiscus and our Angel Trumpet.


On May 20, 2004, pakrat8 from Beaumont, TX wrote:

Grows in Beaumont, Texas - based on limited sightings, it is a wonderful addition to any yard. Cuttings respond to water bucket starting without any encouragement. Ideal for a new or busy gardener.


On Apr 20, 2004, hoppipoppi wrote:

I love the flowers on this plant. However I am having problems getting it to thrive and flower. I live in Key Largo, FL, and bugs seem to really love this plant, especially scale, and lately a very small grey weevil which keeps the leaves torn up...not to mention aphids! This is the second year I have had it in the ground and so far no real healthy growth.


On Apr 6, 2004, nancyanne from Lafayette, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I'm tempted to give this plant a negative rating, simply because it is soooooo very invasive. One small cutting (they told me it would grow to be about 4' high, and I believed it) has led to a yardful of gigantic trees and shrubs! I don't know about other zones, but deep south gardeners, be aware that this rascal can easily reach 20' tall in one season, and grow at least that wide.
It has aspirations of world domination.
In bloom, however, it is astonishingly beautiful.


On Apr 5, 2004, Marlar from Paris, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

A friend from Louisiana brought me a cutting of this confederate rose, and I planted it. It bloomed for me in the late summer, white turning to pink by end of day. I only had one bloom but I am hoping for more this summer. It has started to peek out of the ground. After the first frost I mulched very heavily. Thinking it might not come back, I took several cuttings to root in a jar over the winter before frost. I am excited that it will survive our winters. Now I need to pass on the cuttings that I rooted to friends.
Marlar....Paris, Arkansas


On Nov 17, 2003, mudeewatas wrote:

When I got it three years ago, it looked like a small, dead, sawed-off tree in a pot. It sat inside, almost forgotten, for months, but then I planted it next to my front porch (almost didn't allow enough room). Who knew it would grow so big.... WONDERFUL plant!

After the cold "kills it" cut it back HARD (use a saw) Next Spring, stand back! I live within 5 miles of the geographical center of Georgia. Many folks around here have several Confederate Roses in their front yards. White bloom this morning, tinged with pink this afternoon, hot pink tomorrow, WOW! sorry if this wasn't "concise" enough.....


On Sep 19, 2003, dreamer from Natchez, MS wrote:

This is an important back-of-the-border plant in my zone 8 garden. It usually has a little insect damage a the bottom, so I hide it behind zebra grass and loropetalum. By the time it blooms it stands 8 to 10 feet tall and its a beautiful sight. I have great success with growing it from cuttings, which is a lot faster than seeds.


On Sep 17, 2003, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

Attempted to grow this Confederate Rose in my z5, southern NH garden based upon info posted on this site that it is hardy here - no such luck at all, it did not survive the winter despite heavy mulching and protection. NOT hardy in z5.


On Jan 30, 2003, JJsgarden from Northern Piedmont, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Confederate Rose has proven to be winter hardy here in my USDA Zone 7 garden. For me, it blooms from mid summer through late fall. It is killed back to the ground with the first hard freeze, only to re-grow the following spring, sending up even more stems than the previous season. It is a wonderful addition to my garden!


On Dec 17, 2002, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have enjoyed having this shrub in my garden for the past several years. It grows to about 5 feet and the flowers change color during the day and last for only one day. I live in Dubai, United ARAB Emirates zone 11


On Mar 23, 2002, HibLady wrote:

Has large (6-10"), maple-shaped leaves with velvety texture, medium to light green.

The single pink Hibiscus mutabilis is an indeterminant bloomer, producing flowers all summer and into the fall. Most double H. mutabilis (we have some new hybrids that are actually quintuple tricolors) bloom from mid-September to frost here in Zones 8/9, and on through early spring unless frosted.