Hibiscus mutabilis L.

Confederate Rose

Semi-deciduous shrub or small tree to 3-4 m or more. Epicalyx of 8-12 narrow bracts to about 4 mm wide. Flowers opening white, becoming pink and eventually deep rose when wilting; late summer to autumn. Leaves mostly 10-15 cm long with 5-7 triangular lobes; margins closely saw-toothed; long stalked. Petals 5-8 cm long.

The specific epithet refers to the change of flower from white to near red in a single day.

Frost tender.

S China

Source: Beers, L.; Spencer, R. (1997). Hibiscus. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Hibiscus mutabilis 'Flore Pleno'

Flowers double, often patched red or pink, peony-like, the petals contorted and veined. ['Plenus']

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Hibiscus L.