|Not a true hibiscus, these shrubs have earned the name with their glossy, tropical blossoms. Tuck one behind your ear, and you are ready for a luau! The lilac blue to deep purple flowers each last 2 or 3 days and bloom continuously during growing season. Leavaes are deeply lobed, like those of Oak or Geranium. They can take a few degrees of frost, but appreciate the shelter of a south-facing wall. Water well in growing season, but hold off when temperatures drop below 60º F. Mulch the roots during long cold spells. Prune long shoots right after flowering.
Train for an elegant 5 to 8-foot display of dark green, deeply cut leaves and blue hibiscus-like flowers throughout the year. Choose 'Santa Cruz' for deep blue flowers, 'Monterey' is even more blue.
Attributes - Alyogyne huegelii
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Early Spring through Late Winter
Flower Color: Blue, Purple
Height: 5 ft. to 8 ft.
Width: 4 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Dry Climates. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Drought Tolerant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.