Sunday, November 08, 2009

Alyogyne hakeifolia 'Melissa Anne'

Alyogyne hakeifolia 'Melissa Anne' | Red-centered Hibiscus, Desert Rose

Alyogyne hakeifolia is a small to medium shrub with narrow, divided leaves. The name alludes to the similarity of the 'needle-like' foliage to that of certain Hakea species. The tubular flowers are 5 to 6cm, lavender, pink or yellow with a dark red central spot. Flowering occurs in the warmer months, and mature plants can bloom profusely. 'Melissa Anne' has large, pink tulip-shaped flowers, and is a great addition to the water-conscious garden.

Historical Reference: A beautiful new Hibiscus, obtained from seeds sent home from Swan River by Sir James Stirling, and raised with his usual skill and success by Mr. Robert Mangles, to which gentleman I am indebted for a wild specimen from Swan River. The latter is so little like the garden plant that, under other circumstances, I should have hesitated to consider them the same, for the leaves are filiform instead of being flat and broad as in the figure, while the involucellum, which can hardly be said to exist at all in the garden plant, consists of six distinct subulate teeth in the spontaneous specimen. In some respects this approaches the Hibiscus hakeæfolius of Giordano, but it appears to belong to a different section of the genus. It will doubtless be hardy in the summer, and will probably succeed better if planted in the open ground; but it will have to be protected in the winter.

   Edward's Botanical Register
   Published 1837