Pink Tropical Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known colloquially as Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus, rose mallow and shoeblackplant, is a species of tropical hibiscus, a flowering plant in the Hibisceae group of the family Malvaceae.  The biggest difference between tropical and hardy hibiscus is that tropical hibiscus is not hardy in zones lower than zone 9. Tropical hibiscus does not tolerate freezing temperatures and cannot survive more than brief periods of cold.





Tropical hibiscus features evergreen foliage and large, showy flowers. They are very popular in my neighborhood. Today’s photos are from my archive.












If you live in a more northern climate, you can grow a tropical hibiscus in a pot.  Bring a potted hibiscus indoors if temperatures in your area drop below 50 degrees. Place the pot near a south-facing window that receives all-day sunlight. Some leaf drop after bringing a plant indoors is normal. For more information on growing a tropical hibiscus see Home Guide’s Care & Maintenance of Tropical Hibiscus.

















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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

49 thoughts to “Pink Tropical Hibiscus”

    1. I understand as I don’t have room for many houseplants. I just pick and choose seasonally. Thanks for coming by!

  1. I live in Florida, but sometimes it gets too cold for hibiscus. We have to grow them in a pot. Thank you for sharing at You’re the Star. Happy New Year, Kippi #kippiathome

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  2. Beautiful hibiscus! I love the color. Sadly, I live in a zone where I must bring my hibiscus in over the winter. They sometimes still bloom, even inside. The ones I have are both orange, though. Not this pretty pink.

  3. I love this flower, Carol and “rose mallow” is one of the coolest names ever.
    My biggest issue with even my almost completely dead poinsettia is that the place with the most sun in my apartment is also the coldest despite the draft protection and winterizing.

    1. Oh I am so sorry. Try putting in a warmer place with a little lamp to provide light. Regular bulbs work fine and are less hot than grow lights.

  4. Now following you on all your social networks… yes, instagram too! ~hehehe~ Hope you can follow mine too. Especially google. Anyway…………… gorgous flower my friend and thank you for sharing and stopping by! Hope you enjoyed my pics also. Guess I’m proud of my babies ya think? ~hahahaha~ I can’t get them all together in one room that often, but when i can SNAP-SNAP-SNAP! Have a great week & weekend! I think we’re getting snowed in… oh well, such is life! hugs……

  5. Good morning Carol, what beautiful flowers and how lucky you were that the plant came back after the frost. It would of been a shame to lose such a pretty bush.

    Thank you for popping by & linking up with #keepingitreal.


    1. If you want to plant it, it would die in the fall when the temperatures drop. If it’s in a pot, you must bring inside for the winter. There are a few varieties that are not tropical and can be planted further north. Not sure what your planting region is. Read the article at
      which discusses the differences between different varieties. You can also talk to your local garden nurseries about what can live in Canada. Good luck Paul!

  6. Your Tropical Hibiscus is beautiful and the information you provided is very useful. I had grown these for years and brought them inside for the winter months to place by a sunny window, where they would continue to bloom, then would return to the outdoors in spring.

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