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Alyogyne huegelii

  • Common Name
    Blue Hibiscus
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    5' - 8' x 5' - 6'
  • Flower Color
    Dark Purple, Pink, White, Mauve
  • Bloom Time
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Spring through Fall
  • Leaves
    Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Occasionally Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
    • Specimen
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Alyogyne huegelii is an evergreen shrub with an upright arching form, dark green leaves and large, glossy flowers. It can be used as a specimen or container plant. It is hardy, adaptable and drought tolerant once established.

    Plant slightly above ground level in well-drained soil. Will tolerate sand, loam or clay soils as long as they are well drained. Can also tolerate alkaline conditions. Plant in sun or part shade. Protect from strong winds. Many Australian plants are phosphorus sensitive so go lightly on high phosphorus chemical fertilizers.  Once established this plant needs very little summer water as long as it is well mulched.

    Alyogyne needs pruning or it will become straggly and sparce of foliage. Prune it hard after flowering or prune frequently and lightly during flowering season. Pruning will result in a denser, more compact plant.

    Scale & aphids can be a serious problem with this plant.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This shrub blooms almost continuously in my garden. However, the deer love it so plant accordingly. Very drought tolerant.

  • Varietals

    A. huegelli 'Carole's Choice' - semi-double, mauve petals, with orange stamens and pink stigmas

    A. huegelli 'White Swan' - white, tinged with lilac flowers

    A. huegelli 'Monterey Bay' - dark purple flowers

    A. huegelli 'Southern Cross' - pink flowers