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Native Rosella

Native Rosella

Hibiscus heterophyllus

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Plant Details
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Care Information

Common uses:

Privacy screening, Low maintenance garden, Feature plant, Hedging, and Edible

Expected Height Range:

2 m - 5 m

Preferred positioning:

Full sun to partial shade

Flower Season/s:

Summer and Spring

Plant life cycle:



Open forests from the south coast of New South Wales to north-east Queensland.

Preferred Soil:

Prefers rich moist soils but will tolerate a range of soil types

With its profusion of showy flowers this plant an asset to any garden, and its value is not restricted to its beauty. This tall, fast growing shrub produces an abundance of flowers and edible fruits, attracting many native birds and insects to the garden. It is particularly attractive to lorikeets, honeyeaters and butterflies. Their colour varies. In their natural environment, in Queensland the flowers tend to be a bright yellow and begin flowering in June, while further south they tend to be white and begin flowering in December. The centre of the flowers is bright red. There is a cultivar available in pink. The flowers are rich in nectar and honeyeaters take advantage, as do lorikeets. The nectar also attracts insects which in turn attracts insect-eating birds.

Like most Hibiscus species, the individual flowers last only a couple of days, but new flowers continue to open from spring through to summer.

Care Considerations:

Tolerates pruning. This plant is prickly thus providing wonderful habitat for smaller animals but this should be considered when choosing a spot for this plant in the garden for maximum enjoyment of its beautiful flowers.
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