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PlantFiles: 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

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

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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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral annlof 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.

Positive trois 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.

Positive WalterT 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.


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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