SPECIES 5 : HIBISCUS TRIONUM Flower-of-the-hour; Bladder hibiscus Zone 10
Hibiscus trionum is found in Asia and Africa and all Australian mainland states. It is best treated as an annual or biennial.
It is a good bedding plant and in full sun and well composted soil it puts on a spectacular summer display.
The seed company Yates describes Hibiscus trionum as "one of the stand-out stars of seed trials in early 1996, with strikingly clear creamy-white flowers with deep purple bases carried in huge numbers over the entire plant for all of the summer and well into autumn. Individual flowers are short lived, with numerous new flowers coming into bloom each day".
The coarsely-toothed leaves can be divided into three to five lobes.
As the fruiting pods mature, the calyces swell, giving the plant the common name of bladder hibiscus.
Plants grow 40 - 60 cm. tall.
The plant is tolerant of dry conditions. It is suitable for tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. It is usually killed by frosts. It performs well as a container plant.
Images of Hibiscus trionum var trionum and Hibiscus trionum var vesicarius can be seen at http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Hibiscus/gallery.html
Hibiscus trionum is propagated by either seed or cuttings.
Elliot, W.R. & Jones, D.l. (1980-88) Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants Suitable for Cultivation, Vol 5, Lothian, Melbourne.
Species Map for Australia
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Malvaceae Information - Hibiscus trionum
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Hibiscus trionum, Hibiscus trionum "Luyana" and Hibiscus trionum "Simply Love".
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