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Blue Hibiscus, Lilac Hibiscus, Purple Hibiscus, California Hibiscus
Alyogyne huegelii 'Mood Indigo'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alyogyne (al-ly-oh-GY-nee) (Info)
Species: huegelii (hew-GEL-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Mood Indigo




6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Anthem, Arizona

Fallbrook, California

Palm Springs, California

Pittsburg, California

Rancho Mirage, California

San Diego, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Austin, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Saint George, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 17, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

The flowers of "mood indigo" are a rich velvety purple -- very striking -- but the plant as a whole isn't particularly attractive. I've tried pruning it pretty hard and it still looks thin and spindly. In my garden this plant needs to be surrounded by bulkier shrubs to give it more substance. I saw one in the neighborhood which was growing in shade and was stretched out to over ten feet tall.


On Mar 12, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant grows well here in Santa Fe, Texas. It seems to tolerate lower temperatures than other Hibiscus. It is always the first to bloom.
It seems to spiral in a CCW direction as it opens.


On May 9, 2004, WalterT from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I believe this is the deepest blue version so far and it is gorgeous, growing in my back yard in San Diego.