Wercklea ferox-Strange Hibiscus relative

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

Here is a Hibiscus relative not grown for its flowers. It has large, 12"+ roundish serrated, palmately lobed leaves with red petioles and veins. Leaves are a deep green and heavily spined making a nice color contrast. Flowers are in leaf axils, bright yellow with red epicalyx, abour 2" in diameter .

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noonamah, Australia

A bit reminiscent of a Begonia .............. sort of .............. a bit ....

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

They do look somewhat begonia like, but the picture does not do it justice. The leaves are huge, very textured and spiney, and the deep green of the leaves with the red veins and petioles make it very colorful. Maybe not what most would consider beautiful, but certainly unique! It has buds forming, will add a pic of the flowers when they open-

david

This message was edited Apr 18, 2012 3:06 PM

Sarasota, FL(Zone 9b)

Can't wait to see the flower, David. I think it reminds me more of rhubarb, with those big leaves and red stems. Looks like a good plant to keep the critters out of your yard, huh? Very prickly.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

Here is a flower from the plant. About 1.5-2" across. Like most hibiscus, lasts one day.

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Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

I need this unique plant - what's its botanical name?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

Wercklea ferox, very different and attractive, grows fast & likes it wet

Summerville, SC(Zone 8a)

Wow .. I'm with Kay .. I need it too! Any chance of seeds or cuttings? Hmmmm?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

I am hoping to have seedling/cutting in a couple months

popper1

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

I'll trade with you, too, Popper - just dmail me.

Summerville, SC(Zone 8a)

You might want to start your Want - Have Trade lists as well.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

Yea, I have a lot of very rare/hard to find plants that I am going to start propagating. There are just SO MANY. It would be a good place to have some organization though too.

Summerville, SC(Zone 8a)

I know how that goes .. I use an Excel file for mine and list Common and Latin names, Location, Condition, Numbers, In pot or ground, rooted cutting or grown from seed and whether or not they need to go into the greenhouse in Winter .. I inventory every spring when I take things out of the greenhouse. The first time you do it its a chore, but once you get the master list it's easy to update every year.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

That flower & the leaves are indeed unique. Thanks for the pics & info on the plant.
My wish list grows almost every time I look at these threads.

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Popper, did you propagate any to sell?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

I have 4 seedlings to trade/sell

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Will you be listing them on the Classifieds here a DG? If so, let us know when you do.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

I'll be listing them later in the week.

David

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Great! Please post HERE when you do, so we that are watching this thread will be automatically notified.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

I listed the seedlings in the classifieds today. They are growing great, already 18" tall.

David

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Cool! Now, if you'll post a link to your ad, everyone can go and buy!!!

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Cool! Now, if you'll post a link to your ad, everyone can go and buy!!!

Edited to add: I couldn't fine your listing.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

Hmmm, I wrote and posted it, pics and everting. Must have done something wrong. I'll try again. Does it take time for the ad to appear?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

Just looked, ad is being reviewed. Guess it is posted after it is approved.

DAvid

This message was edited Nov 16, 2012 8:31 PM

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

OK!

Lakeland, FL(Zone 10a)

The ad was approved, its up in classifieds.

Let me know if you have any questions, want more pics, etc.

Thanks

David

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