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A very ornamental Australian soft-wooded shrub in the mallow family with bright deep lilac hibiscus-like flowers with 5 petals 6cm across occurring in summer.
Large ovate leaves 15 cm across.
Occurs widely across the southern half of Australia.
Prefers humus-rich slightly moist well-drained soil in an open sunny position.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C
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 are discarded.