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.
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.