Hibiscus geranioides – Native Hibiscus

A charming and easy care annual to biennial small shrub for warm temperate to tropical areas. It has smallish pink hibiscus flowers all year round in warmer areas, but further south they bloom from spring through summer and autumn. Flowers last a day or two, good moisture will ensure plentiful flowering.  Grows to around a metre tall, but can be trimmed to smaller size and width which will encourage more dense growth. Good in sun to part shade. It will self seed readily, so could become somewhat weedy in the right conditions, but in temperate areas it is controllable. Tolerates dry times well, but only withstands light frost.

Family:Malvaceae
Scientific Name:Hibiscus geranioides
Common Name:Native Hibiscus
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:0.8 ~ 1.5 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 1.5 metres
Flower Colour:Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Annual, Biennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.