Australian member of the Hibiscus family known for its gorgeous open satiny petalled flowers. Flowering from late spring to the end of summer, it produces hundreds of flowers which open in the morning and last the single day. Colours range from blue to lilac purple, through rose pink to white. Breeding has produced some amazing forms and colours.
It is a fast growing open shrub which can become a bit open if left alone. It responds really well to pruning, throwing out vigorous fast growing shoots from old wood and makes a fantastic hedge. It can be pruned back quite hard after flowering, which results in a denser, more compact shrub, producing even more flowers.
Easy to grow, but intolerant of poor drainage. Will tolerate light to medium frosts, but needs protection from prolonged hard frosts. Sun to part shade. Very drought tolerant once established. The photos of the hedge are from the top of a hill in Warrnambool.
Another profuse flowering Alyogyne, this one with an abundance of charming long tubular flowers, often with a central red spot. Fast and easy to grow, it also responds very well to pruning, and looks better for being pruned. Blooming from late spring into autumn, flower colours range between mauve, yellows and pinks. One of those natives that fit into any garden, blends well with exotics and natives. Very drought tolerant, and prefers sun.