Hibiscus-Rose Type Flowers

goodhors(z5 MI)November 5, 2012

I wondered if anyone has a name or variety for a Hibiscus type shrub I recently saw in Florida. I am sure this shrub was in the same family as Rose of Sharon (Althea type) type Hibiscus because of the leaf shapes and similar developing seed pods. Sorry if I am using the wrong terms, but I have seen folks use the names interchangably talking about those kind of shrubs.

The flowers were WONDERFUL, almost cabbage rose or peony sized with many petals, big as a saucer. The stems were tall on the older, larger shrubs, maybe 10ft. Did not appear to have been pruned. Flowers were pink and white/ivory colors. The store had them in the front garden, but store was closed each time we went by so I couldn't ask anyone about them. I filched the biggest seed pod I could find, but I am sure it wasn't "mature" so I don't know if the seeds will be viable. The other pods were very small, flower petals had just fallen off, so they wouldn't have been any good for sure. Lots of buds, so it appeared to have just started blooming in this location. Shrubs were located on the Florida Panhandle, Santa Rosa area. It was rather brisk there last week, upper 30Fs!

So if anyone has a name, source, for this kind of Hibiscus/Rose of Sharon (Althea), could you share it with me? I would love to grow some here, but this shrub might only be hardy that far south. I love the big flowering plants, shrubs, so this one really got my attention.

Thank you.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Maybe Confederate rose or Chinese hibiscus. The first has big, lobed maple-like leaves, the second not so big and dark green. It is the tropical hibiscus frequently sold as a potted flowering plant for indoor use in the north, comes in many colors.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 6:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I think you saw Hibiscus mutabilis, confederate rose, in full bloom in the area the past couple weeks. The flowers start white and turn shades of pink as they age.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 12:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
goodhors(z5 MI)

Thank you both, it appears to be the Confederate Rose. I looked it up for more description.


The picture to the right sure looks like what I saw. The only disagreeing part, would be that some of the flowers were still very white as evening approached on the bushes I viewed, instead of pink or reddish by the end of the day. It is only hardy to zone 7. DARN IT! I was prepared for the disappointment though. It is so attractive it surely would have been planted more widely if it could survive the cold weather.

Again thank you both very much for the ID help. At least I learned more about it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Confederate Rose

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 10:29AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Wiki is wrong about that. Flowers can be white for more than 1 day before beginning the change. You gotta keep your eye on Wiki.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 2:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
goodhors(z5 MI)

Well thanks for that bit of knowledge on the color! Everything else fit the shrubs well, just the flower color thing was off. With me not knowing the shrub, I "believed" the Wiki information. I greatly appreciate your help in finding this lovely shrub's name.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 7:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

You're welcome. Wiki rocks, but I consider it a starting point to confirm or deny, not a definitive reference.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 12:17PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Best thorny shrub to plant in front of window?
I am looking to plant a thorny shrub in front of my...
Ryan Kelley
Illicium simonsii - anyone have experience with it?
I just came across Illicium simonsii at a local nursery...
Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA
County Extension/Horticulture agents
Folks, many of us here make frequent recommendations...
Coppicing Red Twig Dogwood Best Method?
Do you cut all of your red twig dogwood stems down...
Sponsored Products
6 ft Bamboo Palm Silk Tree
Grass Bundle D̩cor
$9.99 | zulily
Tan Flower Shade Bronze Swing Arm Desk Lamp
Lamps Plus
Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Artistic Weavers Rugs Daly Ivory 8 ft. x
Home Depot
Sea Shell Flower Design Round Flush Mount Ceiling Lamp
Harley Hedgehog Garden Statue - 329
$29.99 | Hayneedle
Missoni Home | Pondicherry PW Pouf
Bold Flowers Black 18-Inch Square Pillow
$43.99 | Bellacor
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™