Forest Pink Hibiscus

Hibiscus penduncularis, indola ebomvu

This dainty Hibiscus is flowering profusely pink on these glorious autumn days.  Naturally found in coastal forests, it thrives in semi-shade and is fast-growing, making it a must for a frost-free garden. The bright pink flowers, shaped like bells, produce a lot of pollen attracting many butterflies including Charaxes, nymphs, commodores and skippers. In our garden spiders like spinning webs between the stalks of the spindly shrub.

hibiscus penduncularis

Although each flower only lasts for one day, it flowers repeatedly for many months.  The leaves are toothed and covered in star-shaped hairs. The seed capsules are also very attractive and covered in fine hairs.

The bark is particularly tough and strong and is used as twine in building traditional dwellings.  Infusions of leaves are used to treat urinary complaints.

a hibiscus capsule

2 Comments Add yours

  1. paulshoppingportal says:

    So wonderful to learn these names of flowers we see so often, thank you for the ongoing information.

    Much love

    Paul

    *From:* Midlands Mosaic [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Sunday, 19 April 2020 11:46 AM *To:* paul@oursecretgarden.co.za *Subject:* [New post] Forest Pink Hibiscus

    Nikki Brighton posted: “Hibiscus penduncularis, indola ebomvu This dainty Hibiscus is flowering profusely pink on these glorious autumn days. Naturally found in coastal forests, it thrives in semi-shade and is fast-growing, making it a must for a frost-free garden. The bright p”

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  2. A pleasure Paul. So you have some in your garden? If not I can pot a couple up for you. x

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