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Red Centred Hibiscus
Characteristics: Shrub to 3m spread 2m
Seeds per packets: Approx 25
An erect shrub up to three metres high densely covered in fine leaves 10cm long. The flowers can be various shades of blue, purple, or shades of creamy yellow with red centres. Flowers become deeply coloured and papery when spent.
Blooms appear profusely after the first or second year, are deeply cupped in form, and have five large petals which open to reveal the deep red centre.
Endemic to Western Australia and South Australia.
Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Frost and drought resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.