A native of China, the confederate rose is a member of the Hibiscus family. Durable and easy to grow, the confederate rose bush develops large single or double flowers that repeat throughout the summer.
A shrubby, multi-stemmed and flowering perennial in the warmer reaches of its growing zone (7 through 9), the confederate rose grows to a height of 15 feet and spreads to 10 feet.
The large, deeply lobed leaves are bright green. In winter, the confederate rose drops its leaves in the cooler growing zones. The leaves are 5 to 7 inches wide.
In late summer, the confederate rose produces large, showy flowers that are 3 to 5 inches wide. They open as white blossoms. Over a three-day period, they change to pink then blue-white as they die back.
The confederate rose is adaptable and requires little maintenance. It is drought-tolerant and grows well in full sun or partial shade.
Confederate rose roots easily from cuttings. If planted in very early spring, the confederate rose will produce flowers its first year.
- Texas A&M University
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