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ALYOGYNE huegelii

Stock: 269 Available

Purple Hibiscus

Family: Malvaceae

Characteristics: Shrub 2m spread 1.5m

Seeds per packets: 20

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A fast growing shrub with an erect stem and a rounded crown. Leaves are lobed and 6cm long. Hibiscus like purple, lilac flowers 12cm across. The staminal tube structure contains numerous whorled anthers which are yellow.

As with all this family of plants the flowers last around a day, becoming deeply coloured and papery when spent. Flowering occurs over a long period between June and January.

Native to Western Australia and South Australia.

Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Frost and drought resistant.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C

  1. Soak in tepid water overnight.
  2. Sow seed on a porous seed raising mix and cover to a depth of 1-2mm
  3. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  4. The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out. 
  5. Germination should occur in 10-28 days depending on the temperature and conditions.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.


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