Hibiscus moscheutos 'Pink Elephant' PP21883

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Rose Mallow

Aptly named, this outstanding cultivar has the largest flowers we've ever seen on a Hardy Hibiscus! They open up flat to a whopping 1 foot wide! The medium pink blossoms have beautifully overlapping petals and a deep red eye.

This plant blooms from mid through late summer.  In warmer zones, it may rebloom again in early fall, an unusual trait for Hibiscus.

Intro Year: 2007

Breeder: Tom Miksich

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Origin: Native Cultivar


  5-6 Feet
  4-5 Feet
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rain Garden
  Water Garden


Bog plant
Border plants
Specimen or focal point

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadheading will improve the appearance of the plant. It is best to plant Hibiscus in the garden before the heat of the summer arrives, and should be heavily mulched the first winter. In spring, cut back any remaining stems before new growth appears. A strong pair of loppers or a saw will be necessary to cut this plant back.  Be advised that Hibiscus is always one of the last perennials to emerge in spring. Its vigorous growth rate more than makes up for this late start, however. Japanese beetles find these plants especially delicious.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.