Confederate Rose Mallow
Confederate Rose Mallow
Hibiscus mutabilis 'Rubrus'Item #4065 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
Large, colorful flowers highlight this vigorous grower. Bold branches emerge rapidly from the ground each spring. Bright green foliage backs the deep cerise blooms handsomely. Tolerates standing water. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:hi-BIS-kus mu-TAB-i-lis ROOB-rusPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing to 6 to 8 ft. high, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts HummingbirdsFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:Purplish-pinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleCottageDesign IdeasA great makeover plant for gardens due to its rapid growth and large size. Flowers are huge and make a big impact in borders and beds. A fast-growing plant, use as a foundation shrub to quickly cover walls, create an airy screen or hedge or instantly soften the corners of buildings. A great way to create a tropical garden around pools and water features or cast as a cottage-garden plant amidst traditional perennial flowers.Companion PlantsHere's a wonderfully rugged Mallow that works well with Western and Mediterranean plants. Combine with Miss Huff Hardy Lantana (Lantana camara 'Miss Huff'), Paprika Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'), Flower CarpetTM Pink Groundcover Rose (Rosa x 'Noatraum') and the fragrant Hall's Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'). Also blends very well with Brown-Eyed Rock Rose (Cistus ladanifer maculatus) and Sweet Broom (Cytisus x spachianus).
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This plant is grouped into the mallow family which share the characteristic wide funnel-shaped flowers. The genus was named and classified by Linnaeus but some of its species have been formerly known under genus Paritium. Hibiscus contains about 250 species from warm temperate and tropical regions around the world. Although loved in the wet swampy parts of the American south and named "confederate", this plant is actually native to China. That inspired its original species name, H. sinensis. In China it was among the most frequently depicted flowers in art dating back a thousand years. It was first described for westerners by Englishman John Barrow in Hangzhou when he was there with Lord Macartneys embassy in 1793.Lore:In China it was among the most frequently depicted flowers in art dating back a thousand years. It was first described for westerners by Englishman John Barrow in Hangzhou when he was there with Lord Macartneys embassy in 1793.