The striped hibiscus is a pretty herbaceous plant with vigorous growth: it is decorative for its foliage as for its large bright flowers.
N. scientific Striped hibiscus
Synonyms Hibiscus striatus subsp. lambertianus, Hibiscus lambertianus, Hibiscus cubensis, Hibiscus cisplatinus
Origin Central America
Bloom mai aot
Flowers pink, purple, white
Plant and grow
hardiness rustic, down to -15C
Exposition sun partial shade
Solrich and deep
Acidity basic acid
Humidity normal wet
Utilisationmassif in humid zone, edge of ponds
Multiplicationsowing, cutting, stump rejection
Striped hibiscusthe striped hibiscus is a plant lively or a subshrub belonging to the family Malvaceae, and is related to mallows. It is native to America, present in the Caribbean, Venezuela, Honduras, Mexico and the southern United States. The most cultivated form is the sub-species Striped hibiscus ssp lambertianus, which is distributed in Texas, it grows in humid areas or near watercourses. The striped hibiscus is a pretty plant herbaceous of vigorous growth: it is decorative for its foliage as for his large bright flowers.
Description of striped hibiscus
Striped hibiscus is a plant 1.5 to 3 m highfor a width from 1 to 2 m. Its branches are a little prickly, its leaves are arranged alternately. They are large, but long (about 15 cm) and quite narrow, in the shape of an arrowhead. This foliage is entirely covered with green gray velvet. Except in regions with very mild winters where Striped hibiscus becomes a sub-shrub, in regions with well marked winters, the branches of the striped hibiscus die each year and are renewed in the spring, by a rapid growththus showing a certain exuberance.
The flowers of the striped hibiscus are large and graceful. They are soft pink to purplish et are 8 to 15 cm wide. They have an almost semi-double appearance, as the large turbinate petals largely overlap each other in a spiral, giving thickness to the corolla. The column staminal is prominent and clear, but the throat of the fleur is often darkened.
The striped hibiscus is attractive to pollinating insects who pollinate them. They readily produce seed capsules within a few months of flowering.
How to grow striped hibiscus?
The most commonly cultivated form, either Hibiscus striatus ssp lambertianus is rustic down to -15°C. She enjoys a sol humusfertile and deep, which never dries out in summer. Indeed, although it is a plant for a humid environment, the striped hibiscus nevertheless gives excellent results in a deep earth only a little cool. It just needs to take advantage of rain or regular watering during the summer season for it to share its beautiful exuberance with us. It will also quite naturally find its place at the edge of the pool or in ditches.
Its foliage and flowering are all the more exceptional when the plant enjoys a maximum sun. Likewise, its velvety foliage appreciates a well-ventilated atmosphere, which allows vigorous growth.
Striped hibiscus is preferably planted in springbut if the soil remains very moist, the potted plant can be transplanted almost any time.
Each fall or spring, the stump will be cleaned of its old dead stems.
How to propagate striped hibiscus?
In June, the young stems taken from the stump take root quite easily.
Harvested seeds germinate in spring on moist, warm ground. The growth of the seedlings is fast enough so that one can hope for flowering at the end of the season from the first year.
Different species Hibiscus
20 species in this genus:
- Hibiscus sabdariffahibiscus comestible
- Hibiscus musketsmarsh hibiscus
- Hibiscus crimsonthe scarlet hibiscus Syrian hibiscusshrubby hibiscus
- A wonderful hibiscusChinese pink hibiscus
- Shining hibiscusa splendid hibiscus
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