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|
|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|
|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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