Sunday, November 08, 2009

Alyogyne hakeifolia 'Amethystine'

Alyogyne hakeifolia 'Amethystine' | Red-centered Hibiscus, Desert Rose

Alyogyne is an Australian genus of mostly xerophytic shrubs, distantly related to, and formerly classified in the genus Hibiscus. The genus is distinguished from Hibiscus by the undivided style. There are 4 recognized species: cuneiformis, hakeifolia, huegelii and pinoniana. Two of these species, Alyogyne huegelii, and Alyogyne hakeifolia are cultivated as garden shrubs.

'Amethystine' is a dark purple flowered hakeifolia type ―the result of a cross with
Alyogyne 'Mood Indigo'. Alyogyne hakeifolia flowers are generally less open in form (tulip-shaped), and foliage is more deeply and simply lobed than that of Alyogyne huegelii. The individual lobes of the leaves are so narrow as to make the foliage appear 'needle-like'. These are durable shrubs for the water-conserving garden, and suited to a warm, dry climate, but less adaptable than Alyogyne huegelii in climates with wet summers, and is intolerant of bad drainage.