Gossypium sturtianum – Sturt’s Desert Rose

A large woody shrub from arid areas of inland Australia, useful for its drought tolerance and attractive large hibiscus-like flowers. They are mauve to lilac with red centres, it flowers mostly in late winter with spot blooming the rest of the year, and they attract nectar loving birds. Though most at home in arid areas, it can be used in more humid climates if given a sunny spot and good drainage, with good air circulation. Frost sensitive. It is the floral emblem of the Northern Territory.

Scientific Name:Gossypium sturtianum
Common Name:Sturt's Desert Rose
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:0.5 ~ 1.5 metres
Flower Colour:Mauve
Flowering Time:Winter, All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Drought resistant
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds



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