Thursday, 14 March 2019


Flower of the Month - March 2019

KINGDOM:  Plantae

CLASS:   Magnoliopsida

ORDER:  Malvales

FAMILY:  Malvaceae (Mallow)

GENUS:  Hibiscus L.

Jerry from Gardening Australia says there is a hibiscus for every garden. With its colourful flowers and often pretty foliage, the species choice is huge; here are a few: 

Hibiscus syriacus: Rose of Sharon - has white, mauve, blue, red, pink or lavender blooms, all with a crimson eye.

Hibiscus tiliaceus: Mangrove or cotton hibiscus has yellow or white single flowers; a purple-leafed form is available. Tolerates salt spray. Forms a tree, shrub or windbreak. Evergreen (or tiliaceus rubra with red leaves).

Hibiscus schizopetalus: Elegant, pendulous pink, red or white flowers have keeply dissected petals. Japanese lantern is a bird-attracting shrub for the garden or containers.

Hibiscus tiliaceus - image Wikipedia
The Australian native hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus) is a tree rather than a shrub and more commonly called, sea hibiscus, beach hibiscus, coastal hibiscus, coastal cottonwood, native hibiscus, native rosella, cottonwood hibiscus. There are many growing around the Coffs Coast. The bronze foliaged variety is the tiliaceus rubra.

Bring along your favourite for the competition table this Saturday.

For more information on native Hibiscus' see this Gardening with Angus  page.

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