Seed of the Week: Blue Hibiscus

Last time our seeds were from a plant from Africa, the natal plum. This week our mystery seeds are from an Australian native:  the blue hibiscus, Alyogyne huegelii.

blue-hibiscus-shrubBlue hibiscus is a large, perennial evergreen shrub that can definitely turn heads when it is flowering.

blue-hibicus-in-landscape

Here is Arizona it adds some bright contrast to the spring pageant of wildflowers.

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The leaves are delicate, deeply lobed and covered with fine hairs.

blue hibiscus flowersAlthough called blue hibiscus, the flowers actually range in color from pink to deep purple.

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nice-blue-hibiscus-side

What more can you say?

Blue hibiscus is easy to grow and drought tolerant. The only problem is that it can be very sensitive to some of the soil-borne fungal diseases (common in Arizona), such as Texas root rot.

Have you ever grown blue hibiscus?

4 Comments

  1. Jeff@NC Teacher Stuff

    Beautiful flowers! I would love to try to plant this in North Carolina.

  2. Roberta

    Hi Jeff,

    Yes, it is a beautiful plant. It might grow for you if you found a locally-adapted variety.

  3. Ria

    I live in Ontario- zone 5-6… and it does great as an annual when seeds allowed to drop. I SOOOOO wish i could have it as a perennial/ evergreen :(… but love having it as it is . 🙂

    Am trying to re-mulch to see if that will save the root base- to save growing time in the spring.

  4. Roberta

    Thanks. Good to know.

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