Alyogyne_huegelii.JPG (23110 bytes)Alyogyne huegelii:  We find that growing native plants is both a relaxing and exciting hobby (or probably obsession).  We are always experimenting with species either new to cultivation in our region in particular or cultivation in general. Sometimes plants are not happy in our harsh climate and prove to be horticultural failures. Fortunately these failures are becoming less frequent as the density of the plants in our garden beds leading to added shelter.

When we have a horticultural success with a plant, which seemed unlikely to succeed then there is rejoicing in the Sheather household. This was the case with. This member of the Malvaceae (Hibiscus) family comes from Western Australia. The species has soft lobed leaves and large deep purple hibiscus-shaped flowers in late spring and summer. Flowers may appear sporadically at other times. We thought the soft leaves would collapse after the first frost. How wrong we were. Alyogyne huegelii has survived one winter at Yallaroo with no damage. It has also survived chewing by kangaroos and pruning by humans. The plant is now one metre tall and in the flowering season is covered with large flowers. Remember if a plant succeeds at Yallaroo, with our harsh climate, it will survive almost anywhere in Australia.  Alyogyne huegelii propagates readily from cuttings, which is another plus for this beautiful plant.