Family: Malvaceae

This is a small group of shrubs which originate from the warmer parts of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Often found in hot, sandy, coastal regions, they have soft, lobed leaves and single, hibiscus-like flowers in white, yellow, pink, mauve or purple, sometimes with red centers. They bloom abundantly from spring to summer.


A. hakeifolia grows to 3 m (10 ft) in height and has mauve or yellow-cream flowers.

A. huegelii (Synonym: Hibiscus huegelii), lilac hibiscus, is a native of Western Australia. This semi-deciduous, desert shrub grows to a height of 2-3 m (6-10 ft) and flowers in summer. The largish, single blooms are a beautiful shade of lilac or pink, with dark red centers, and the soft, lobed leaves are mid-green, with irregularly toothed margins. Good purple-flowering forms are also available. It is seen to best advantage when mass planted or used as a hedge.


In frost-prone Climates grow in pots of soil-based potting compost in a cool greenhouse or conservatory. Plants can be stood outside for the summer. Although adaptable, alyogyne prefers a semi-shaded position and moist, well-drained soil. All species like slow-release fertilizers. Propagate from seed if available, or from cuttings of firm shoots. Plant seed or cuttings in a mix of coarse sand and peat or vermiculite in a ratio of 3:1. A. huegelii can be espaliered successfully and responds well to light pruning.


Suitable for growing outside in zone 10 and above.

Althaea      Amaranthus