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.
Source: (1997). Hibiscus. In: . 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.
Flowers double, often patched red or pink, peony-like, the petals contorted and veined. ['Plenus']