Hibiscus - Flower Of An Hour ( Hibiscus trionum) Shoofly Modesty Venice Mallow Open Pollinated Flowers
Height up to 30 in
This Hibiscus variety is commonly called Flower-Of-An-Hour; also known as Bladder Hibiscus, Bladder Ketmia, Bladder Weed, Modesty, Puarangi, Shoofly, and Venice Mallow, is an annual plant native to the Old World tropics and subtropics east of the Mediterranean.
This tropical looking plant spread throughout southern Europe both as a weed and cultivated as a garden plant and makes an excellent addition to any garden! Especially great looking in a cottage gardens, border and even containers!
This seldom-seen, and easy-to-grow plant, produces stunning flowers with creamy white petals and purple coloured undersides contrasted with rich burgundy centers. And they only last a fraction of the day! Hence the reason Trionum blooms profusely all season long and produces a huge number of flowers over the entire plant. The seed pods are also attractive as they resemble little translucent anise flowerettes.
* Although it is usually grown as an annual, it will over winter in frost free areas.
- Full sun
- Easy to grow
- Compact growth habit
- Drought tolerant
- Although it is usually grown as an annual, it will over winter in frost free areas.
- For best results, seeds can be direct sown into the ground where required in the spring, or sow in late winter/early spring when outside temps are 15-20 C.
- Prick out into small 3 inch or 7 cm. pots and plant in final position when the plants are established.
- OR start seeds indoors 4 -6 weeks prior to last frost date; plant seeds 1/4 in deep; keep warm and transplant seedlings outdoors when all risk of frost has passed. Germinates in 2-3 weeks
- keep soil moistened until established and ensure to water deeply in the absence of rain
- Attracts pollinator bumblebees and butterflies
- remove dead blooms
- reseeds generously...harvest seeds when seed pods becomes transparent; shake to release seeds and place in envelope and store in cool dry place
- Seed Count: 12