Hardy, flowering shrub
Description: Single, 5-petaled honey-yellow, orange, and red flowers produce continuously from late spring through fall; lightly perfumed; pointed, dark green foliage
Habit: Grows 4-5 feet high and 5-6 feet wide
Culture: Prefers full sun and rich garden loam
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 through 10
‘Mutabilis’, also known as ‘Tipo Ideale’, is likely an old Chinese garden hybrid of mysterious origins. It was introduced to the West before 1894. The silken flowers are constantly transforming from copper-orange buds to lustrous pale peach when opened. Because the flowers are delicately poised on their stems, the rose is also called “the butterfly rose.” It is often associated with old Southern gardens and thrives in the Deep South.