Dixie Rosemallow, Confederate Rose, Cotton Rosemallow Hibiscus mutabilis - Abelmoschus mutabilis, Ketmia mutabilis

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Botanical Name:

Hibiscus mutabilis







Common Name:

Dixie Rosemallow, Confederate Rose, Cotton Rosemallow

Seeds Per Pound:
0.11 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
6-8 feet
Collection Locale:
South Carolina
Crop Year:
Minimum Hardiness Zone:

This rare seed is not often seen for sale in bulk quantites in the USA!

In Stock: 0.11 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 19 seeds)
1 gram (~ 230 seeds)
10 gram (~ 2302 seeds)
1 oz (~ 6526 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep , tamp the soil, keep moist.
In a Nutshell:
* Hibiscus mutabilis, also known as the Confederate rose, Dixie rosemallow or the cotton rosemallow, is a plant noted for its flowers.
* Confederate roses tend to be shrubby or treelike in Zones 9 and 10, though it behaves more like a perennial further north.
* When it does not freeze, the Confederate rose can reach heights of 12 to 15 feet with a woody trunk, however, a much bushier, 5 or 6 feet plant is more typical and provides more flowering.
* The Confederate rose was at one time very common in the area of the Confederate States of America, which is how its common name was derived.
* Flowers are white in the morning, turning pink during noon and red in the evening of the same day.
* It grows well in full sun or partial shade, and prefers rich, well-drained soil. more...
* The leaves are anodyne, antidotal, demulcent, expectorant and refrigerant. With the flowers, they are applied to burns, swellings and other skin problems. The flowers are antiphlogistic, depurative, febrifuge, pulmonary and stimulant. A decoction is used in the treatment of lung ailments.
* The root is edible but very fibrousy. Mucilaginous, without very much flavour.
* A fibre from the bark is used for making cords and rope.
* Sow seed early spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If growing them as annuals, plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer and protect them with a frame or cloche until they are growing away well. If hoping to grow them as perennials, then it is better to grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year and to plant them out in early summer of the following year. more...
Usda description:
More info on http://plants.usda.gov

Our seed is supplied by a lovely French/American gardener from South Carolina. Her comments on the plant are: " I am growing this tree since several years now. Quite a cold hardy one since it went through 14 F (unprotected). Each fall, I enjoy it very much since it blooms when most other blooms in the garden are gone. Big pluses : it grows fast if watered/fertilised regularly and will even get a few blooms right away. No waiting years to enjoy the gorgeous blooms ! ”

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