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Hibiscus mutabilis Cotton Rose Confederate Rose mallow Seeds

Hibiscus mutabilis (Cotton Rose / Confederate Rose mallow) 50 to 2,000 Seeds | £3.99 - £69.99

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Hibiscus mutabilis (Cotton Rose / Confederate Rose mallow)


Fresh seeds of Hibiscus mutabilis (Cotton Rose / Confederate Rose Mallow).

Hibiscus mutabilis, originally native to southern China and Taiwan, is a large, beautifully-flowered shrub, with attractive, palmately-lobed foliage, and renowned for the incredible colour changing effect of its spring to autumn blooms.

The flowers open pure white and gradually change colour through light-pink to a deep-pink or red, which can be as quickly as a single day within warm weather, but in cooler conditions the change takes around 3 days. Possibly the most unique feature is that the three distinct flower colours appear on the shrub at the same time, with each flower cycling through the colour change at a slightly different rate.

Within the Tropics, Hibiscus mutabilis trees can grow as tall as 12-15 ft in height, but within cooler climates they will stay smaller (5-6 ft in height), remaining bushier and flowering in more profusion. As the foliage is frost-tender, plants are usually over-wintered within a glasshouse — although the roots are more hardy to frosts (down to around -5°C) so outdoor plants cut down by hard frosts will tend to regenerate new spring growth each year.

A holder of the the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM), it is a worthy garden plant amongst planting schemes, or as a potted, specimen plant.


Please note: full germination instructions are printed on each pack.


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Genus: Hibiscus


Species: mutabilis


English name: Cotton Rose / Confederate Rose Mallow


Plant type: Half-hardy shrub


Eventual height: 5-6 ft


Flowering time: Spring to Autumn


Hardiness: - 5°C


Sun Exposure: Full sun to dappled shade


Soil: Prefers a well-drained, fertile soil; water well during hotter months


Propagation methods: From seeds and spring cuttings




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