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PlantFiles: Australian Hibiscus
Alyogyne hakeifolia

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alyogyne (al-ly-oh-GY-nee) (Info)
Species: hakeifolia (hak-ee-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive weatherguesser On Nov 8, 2013, weatherguesser from Salinas, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

We saw this plant at a nursery in Carmel Valley, Ca, and my wife just had to have it. Except for the flowers, it doesn't look like a member of the Mallow family, but it is. Some research on the internet indicates that folks in Australia and Tasmania have found it to tolerate frosts down to -5C (23F), hence Zone 9.

Flowers are creamy yellow and tulip-shaped, with a red inner part and a "spinner" pattern at the inside base. Individual flowers last 2-3 days. The plant is an upright, airy bush with needle-like leaves. My research shows that it needs a low-phosphorus diet and little to no watering (it's a desert plant in its native habitat), so treat it basically the same as a Protea. I'll be watching mine with interest to see how it copes with our upcoming rainy season.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Salinas, California
San Francisco, California

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