FOREST PINK HIBISCUS

My cell phone camera does not do justice to pink. This is a pity for it was what I had in hand when I came across the Forest Pink Hibiscus (Hibiscus pendunculatus) blooming in the shady part of the garden during one of the first showers of rain we enjoyed. Here you can see how slender the stems of this plant are.

I am particularly fond of this plant as it grew from seed obtained from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden at least twenty years ago. I simply sowed the seeds into the bare ground that we had at the time – there being few other trees of any significance in our garden then – and hoped for the best. To my amazement and joy one took root and we have enjoyed a few flowers on and off since then.

Since it was planted, other trees and shrubs have grown up around it so that it now grows in the semi-shade conditions that have been created. It does not flower as prolifically as it used to though, so perhaps it would prefer more sun – although it is meant to be self-seeding, there is little evidence of that in the garden, again this might be because it is not necessarily enjoying the ideal conditions where it is, or because of the long drought. The lovely pink flowers are borne on long dainty stalks and tend to droop. As it grows near our path, they peep out between the other plants. The flowers only last for about a day – hence me photographing them in the rain!

27 thoughts on “FOREST PINK HIBISCUS

  1. Such a pretty flower. We have several in our garden.
    Interestingly I do not find self-seeded seedlings of the plants in “flowerbeds” or shrubby spots, but one that grows against a fence surrounded by lawn self-seeds very successfully each year with the seedlings sprouting up in the grass. We dig the tiny seedlings out of the lawn and pot them up to get larger before planting them out or giving them away. Perhaps it is easier for the seeds to gain enough “traction” in the grass of the lawn rather than on more exposed earth in flowerbeds or competing with fallen leaves or being overshadowed by other vegetation?

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    • You make me realise I should look ‘further afield’ for the seedlings – if there are any. Thank you for this useful comment. We have drizzle for the second day in a row, so the conditions may be favourable to seeds to germinate in their right time.

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