Auregine, Mandrinette

Hibiscus fragilis

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: fragilis (FRAJ-ih-liss) (Info)
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Blooms all year



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 27, 2007, timrann from Other
Mauritius wrote:

H.fragilis is one of rare mascarenes plants that has a happy ending(even though easily hybridised with alien hibiscus)Only it it's native forest, can stay pure.Thought to have been extinct until , it was rediscovered some couple of years now on Corps de Garde mountain and recently on the Le Brabant mountain.Easily propagated by cuttings and could be found in nurseries.It grows rather horizontally, do not go much taller. Flowers are deep pink to red and have pink margins and divided in 5 rather elongated petals and at the center is dark red.Have my own now that i rerently bought.Not so showy like the newly hybridised varieties but it's endemic to Mauritius and very resistent plant but fragile at the same time ; was almost extint because of other alien and invasive plants in it's habitat... read more