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Hibiscus heterophyllus - Vent.

Common Name Native Rosella
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist eucalyptus forests, jungle gullies and rainforest edges[144, 193].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Hibiscus heterophyllus Native Rosella


Hibiscus heterophyllus Native Rosella
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hibiscus heterophyllus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked. Pleasantly acid[144, 177, 193]. An excellent spinach substitute, the boiled leaves losing their acidity[193]. Flowers and flower buds - raw or cooked[157]. A very mild flavour[144]. Root - it is edible but very fibrousy[144]. Mucilaginous, without very much flavour[144]. The roots of young plants are used[193].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Fibre

A tough fibre obtained from the stems is used for making nets etc[156, 193].

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Cultivation details

Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in full sun[200]. Suitable for waterside plantings[200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, it is unlikely to succeed outdoors even in the mildest areas of the country. However, it might be possible to grow it as a half-hardy annual, to flower in its first year from seed.

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If growing them as annuals, plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer and protect them with a frame or cloche until they are growing away well. If hoping to grow them as perennials, then it is better to grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year and to plant them out in early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Overwinter them in a warm greenhouse and plant out after the last expected frosts.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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