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Hibiscus (Tropical Hibiscus) & Pavonia

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Hibiscus and Pavonia are mostly perennial evergreen to rarely deciduous shrubs, few tropical species are growing as annuals. All require a well drained substrate in full sun and plenty of water in summer. Tropical species should be kept drier in a sunny spot in winter at some 15°C to 20°C.
Sow flat at a minimum of some 20°C in any rocky or sandy soil, keep pots always in full sun.
20 seeds per package (Hibiscus spp.), unless not stated differently, respectively 10 seeds per package (Pavonia spp.).

Note on seed availability: All species in section Lilibiscus (e. g. Hibiscus arnottianus, Hibiscus boryanus, Hibiscus fragilis, Hibiscus kokio, etc.) as well as some other woody members (e g. Hibiscus scottii) are much sought after by collectors. However, seed set in most of these is very irregular and thus almost unpredictable. Despite a continued flowering period from spring through early winter, our cultivated plants usually fruit around early summer (May and June) and then again in early autumn (September and October) only. Whereas in full summer heat all developping seed capsules are usually aborted. Thus you have the best chance to get a hold on one of these by occasionally checking our webshop for new arrivals in early summer and early autumn.

You find more Hibiscus species in this category: Hibiscus (Hardy Mallow) and Hibiscus (Swamp Mallow).

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Hibiscus arnottianus (Arnott's Hibiscus)

Hibiscus arnottianus (Arnott's Hibiscus)

200 (500)cm, Arnott's Hibiscus (Kokiʻo Kea or Koki'o Keokeo in Hawaiian language) is an evergreen tall shrub native of the Koʻolau mountains on Oʻahu island, Hawaii, USA. It is among the also Hawaiian endemics Hibiscus inmaculatus, Hibiscus punaluuensis and Hibiscus waimae the only slightly fragrant Hibiscus species in its genus. It has dark green, usually slightly glossy leaves and large, slightly fragrant pure white flowers with a long protruding reddish pistil. For any rich, well drained substrate in a partially shaded (summer) to sunny (winter) spot at a minimum of some 15°C. All plants offered as Hibiscus arnottianus and which show slightly rose or yellowish flowers are inevitably hybrids with Hibiscus rosa-sinensis cultivars. The same applies to all white flowering plants with a reddish center - plants from true Hibiscus arnottianus always have a white center. Our plants are unhybridized, true-to-type and self-fertile with pure white flowers and a white center. VIII-XII.
5 seeds per package.

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seed package0369 € 19,90
Hibiscus boryanus (Orange Mandrinette Hibiscus)

Hibiscus boryanus (Orange Mandrinette Hibiscus)

180 (300)cm, Orange Mandrinette Hibiscus is a rare and endangered, evergreen wild species from the Mascarene islands (Réunion and Mauritius) with glossy dark green leaves and ornamental, bright orange-red flowers. Easily grown in any rich, well drained substrate in full sun throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of 20°C. Seeds are from a population on La Réunion island. Seeds from all Hibiscus species in section Lilibiscus (e.g Hibiscus arnottianus, Hibiscus cooperi, Hibiscus denisonii, Hibiscus fragilis, Hibiscus genevii, etc. ) germinate unevenly over a period of several months. Keep pots in a warm spot and the soil slightlly moist until germination will occur. VI-X.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package9080 € 9,90
Hibiscus brackenridgei ssp. brackenridgei (Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus)

Hibiscus brackenridgei ssp. brackenridgei (Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus)

180 (240)cm, Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus is a rare evergreen wild species from the Hawaiian archipelago with fresh green, broadly lobed leaves and ornamental, rather large, bright yellow flowers with a small reddish center. Easily grown in any rich, well drained substrate in full sun throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of 20°C. Germination in Hibiscus brackenridgei is erradic over several months and sowings will require sufficient heat between 25°C and 30°C. VI-X.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package0250 € 14,90
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Hibiscus calyphyllus (Lemon Yellow Rosemallow)

Hibiscus calyphyllus (Lemon Yellow Rosemallow)

180 (250)cm, Lemon Yellow Rosemallow is a woody perennial shrub from tropical Africa and has hairy, large leaves and large, pale yellow flowers with a maroon center. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep slightly drier at a minimum of some 15°C. V-IX.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package9102 € 2,99
Hibiscus cannabinus (Kenaf Hibiscus)

Hibiscus cannabinus (Kenaf Hibiscus)

150 (200)cm, Kenaf Hibiscus is a fast-growing, tall annual or semi-perennial. It produces pale yellow flowers with a purplish-red center on prickly stems. Easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny position. Grow either as a perennial in pots and keep plants in full sun and cooler at a minimum of some 15°C in winter, or as an annual in the garden with precultivation in spring and transplantation after the last cold nights. Hibiscus cannabinus, Hibiscus furcellatus and Hibiscus radiatus are hopelessly confused by several other vendors. Our seeds are from correctly identified, yellow-flowering, true to type plants and offered at an all-time low price. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package2392 € 2,99
Hibiscus cooperi 'Naselai Pink'

Hibiscus cooperi 'Naselai Pink'

100 (250)cm, Hibiscus cooperi has been reinstated as a species of its own in 2019. At present it is only known from cultivation and supposedly native of the Melanesia region, where it is still grown on several islands. The first recorded specimen probably came from North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is a low woody evergreen shrub with utmost showy, rose pink flowers with an inner red eye and a distinct white halo in the offered form 'Naselai Pink'. This form can be traced back to cultivated plants found near the village Naselai, Nakelo, Fiji island in 1965. In the garden trade Hibiscus cooperi is usually mistaken for Hibiscus storckii which is a different species and which is neither in general cultivation nor anywhere available in the garden trade. Additional, there is a Hibiscus rosa-sinensis cultivar, namely 'Cooperi', which is often confused with the species. For any rich, well drained substrate in full sun throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of some 20°C. We offer true to type seeds from Hibiscus cooperi 'Naselai Pink'. Seeds from all Hibiscus species in section Lilibiscus (e.g Hibiscus arnottianus, Hibiscus cooperi, Hibiscus denisonii, Hibiscus fragilis, Hibiscus genevii, etc. ) germinate unevenly over a period of several months. Keep pots in a warm spot and the soil slightlly moist until germination will occur. V-IX.
5 seeds per package.

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seed package0346 € 9,90
Hibiscus denisonii 'La Orotava'

Hibiscus denisonii 'La Orotava'

180 (240)cm, Hibiscus denisonii is an unresolved species which was supposedly native on the island of Fiji. However, it has never been found in the wild and it does not look similar to any other wild Hibiscus species in section Lilibiscus found on Fiji. The rose flowering and more compact form 'La Orotava' appears to be an old polyploid hybrid. It is fully self-fertile and seedlings are uniform with the same traits as the mother plants - both being rather unusual for a hybrid. Thus it either is a valid species which is extinct in the wild or a very old and stabilized hybrid. This rose flowering plant is sometimes confused with Hibiscus storckii, which is a different species and which is actually not in cultivation. All plants sold as Hibiscus storckii are in fact Hibiscus cooperi. Hibiscus denisonii is an evergreen species with glossy dark green leaves and ornamental, pale rose flowers with or without some more pinkish shade. Easily grown in any rich, well drained substrate in full sun throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of 20°C. True to type seeds are worldwide exclusively available from Rareplants.eu . Seeds from all Hibiscus species in section Lilibiscus (e.g Hibiscus arnottianus, Hibiscus cooperi, Hibiscus denisonii, Hibiscus fragilis, Hibiscus genevii, etc. ) germinate unevenly over a period of several months. Keep pots in a warm spot and the soil slightlly moist until germination will occur. VI-X.
5 seeds per package.

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seed package0287 € 19,90
Hibiscus diversifolius

Hibiscus diversifolius

150 (200)cm, makes a woody perennial shrub with hairy, lobed leaves and quite large, pale yellow flowers with a maroon center on thorny stems and branches. Native of mountainous sites in Australia. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VII-IX.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package 4959 € 2,99
Hibiscus ferrugineus

Hibiscus ferrugineus

100 (150)cm, a rarely cultivated evergreen species from Madagascar which has slightly woody stems and small leaves and showy pale coral pink flowers. For any rich, well drained substrate in full sun throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of 20°C. III-IX.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package0249 € 7,99
Hibiscus fragilis (Pink Mauritius Mandrinette Hibiscus)

Hibiscus fragilis (Pink Mauritius Mandrinette Hibiscus)

50 (90)cm, Pink Mauritius Mandrinette Hibiscus is an extremly rare and highly endangered, evergreen wild species from the island of Mauritius. It has a slightly prostrate habit and bears small leaves and ornamental, and for size of the plant rather large, rich pink (orange in an extremely are form) flowers. Easily grown in any rich, well drained substrate in full sun throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of 20°C. Seeds from all Hibiscus species in section Lilibiscus (e.g Hibiscus arnottianus, Hibiscus cooperi, Hibiscus denisonii, Hibiscus fragilis, Hibiscus genevii, etc. ) germinate unevenly over a period of several months. Keep pots in a warm spot and the soil slightlly moist until germination will occur. Seeds are from true, unhybridized, true-to-type plants. III-VII.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package0248 € 12,90
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Hibiscus furcellatus (Sleepy Hibiscus)

Hibiscus furcellatus (Sleepy Hibiscus)

140 (200)cm, Sleepy Hibiscus is a perennial species with showy mauve, trumpet shaped flowers with a small dark violet throat above yellowish pubescent leaves. It is native of mostly marshy areas in Florida, Central America, the Caribbean and Hawaii. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep plants at a minimum of some 20°C. The true species is rarely seen in cultivation, and what is offered as Hibiscus furcellatus is mostly Hibiscus radiatus, which is a distinct species. Our seeds are from true to type Hawaiian plants. Hawaiian specimens are even rarer than continental forms in cultivation and differ in several aspects from the nominal species. Seeds from a Hawaiian population are worldwide exclusively available from Rareplants.eu VII-X.
5 seeds per package.

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seed package0339 € 9,90
Hibiscus fuscus

Hibiscus fuscus

150 (200)cm, a woody perennial shrub with hairy, ovate to sub-orbicular leaves and numerous small pure white flowers. Native of mountainous open sites in woods and grasslands from Ethiopia to South Africa. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 4960 € 2,99
Hibiscus genevii (Rose Mauritius Mandrinette Hibiscus)

Hibiscus genevii (Rose Mauritius Mandrinette Hibiscus)

150 (200)cm, Rose Mauritius Mandrinette Hibiscus is a rare and highly endangered, evergreen wild species from the island of Mauritius, where is was thought to be extinct until a couple of plants were rediscovered in 1968. It bears small leaves and ornamental, pale rose flowers. Easily grown in any rich, well drained substrate in full sun throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of 20°C. Seeds from all Hibiscus species in section Lilibiscus (e.g Hibiscus arnottianus, Hibiscus cooperi, Hibiscus denisonii, Hibiscus fragilis, Hibiscus genevii, etc. ) germinate unevenly over a period of several months. Keep pots in a warm spot and the soil slightlly moist until germination will occur. IV-VII.
5 seeds per package.

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seed package0247 € 14,90
Hibiscus heterophyllus (Queensland Rosella Hibiscus)

Hibiscus heterophyllus (Queensland Rosella Hibiscus)

250 (350)cm, Queensland Rosella Hibiscus is one of the giant perennial species and native of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Hibiscus heterophyllus has semi-woody prickly stems, irregularly lobed leaves covered with short hairs and showy, very large either yellow or pale pink (our seed stock) flowers with a dark red inner eye. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter carefully water plants and keep them at a minimum of some 15°C. VII-IX.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package0600 € 7,99
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Hibiscus meyeri (Meyer's Hibiscus)

Hibiscus meyeri (Meyer's Hibiscus)

100 (170)cm, Meyer's Hibiscus is a small woody, slender shrub with hairy, small serrated ovate leaves and small white flowers with reflexing petals, turning pale whitish pink with age. Hibiscus meyeri is native of open sites in mountain forests from Mozambique to eastern South Africa. It is sometimes confused with somewhat similar Hibiscus micranthus, which has much smaller flowers. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep drier at a minimum of some 15°C. VI-IX.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package4961 € 7,99
Hibiscus pedunculatus (Dainty Hibiscus)

Hibiscus pedunculatus (Dainty Hibiscus)

30 (80)cm, Dainty Hibiscus is a semi perennial Hibiscus species from coastal forests in the Cape Province of South Africa. It is a fast growing ornamental plant with prostate to upright hold stems with for the size of the plant rather large, bright pink flowers on very long peduncles. Hibiscus pedunculatus is morphologically undistinguishable from Hibiscus geranioides which is a supposedly native of northern Australia. However, Hibiscus geranioides is an unresolved name, and it most likely represents Hibiscus pedunculatus which may have escaped from cultivation in Australia and became naturalized. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot. In winter reduce watering and keep plants at a minimum of some 20°C. Our seeds are from correctly identified, true to type, pink flowering Hibiscus pedunculatus. VII-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 2397 € 4,99
Hibiscus punaluuensis (Fragrant White Aloalo Hibiscus)

Hibiscus punaluuensis (Fragrant White Aloalo Hibiscus)

250 (500)cm, Fragrant White Aloalo Hibiscus (syn. Hibiscus arnottianus ssp. punaluuensis) is an endangered, tall evergreen woody shrub native of the Ko'olau Range on O'ahu, Hawaii, USA. It is one out of few slightly fragrant Hibiscus species which are all endemic to the Hawaiian archipielago. Hibiscus punaluuensis has dark green, large oval leaves and showy slightly fragrant pure white flowers with a long protruding reddish pistil. For any rich, well drained substrate in a partially shaded (summer) to sunny (winter) spot at a minimum of some 15°C. Our seeds are from pure, unhybridized, true-to-type plants. VI-X.
5 seeds per package.

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Plants are very floriferous, however, seeds are rarely set. Only 1 package is available.

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seed package0597 € 24,90
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Hibiscus radiatus (October Rosemallow)

Hibiscus radiatus (October Rosemallow)

100 (150)cm, October Rosemallow, Ruby Hibiscus or Monarch Rosemallow is a semiwoody biannual to short lived perennial shrub from southeast Asia with deeply lobed and serrated, cannabis-like leaves and large, beautiful dark pink to deep winered flower cups with a darker center from late summer to autumn. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep drier at a minimum of some 15°C. Several plant and seed companies distribute seeds and plants from Hibiscus radiatus under the name of Hibiscus furcellatus. However, true Hibiscus furcellatus is not in general cultivation. We do have seeds from true to type Hibiscus furcellatus in the shop, and above, seeds are from an even rarer population of Hawaii. VIII-X.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package9010 € 4,99
Hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle)

Hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle)

100 (150)cm, Roselle is an annual, beautiful Hibiscus with white flowers in the offered form with a purple-red throat on reddish peduncles. Unripe capsules from several cultivars of this species are used in teas (Hibiscus tea) for their sour flavor. Mature, dry capsules are not suitable for teas. Precultivation under glass in spring at some 20°C, either transplant to the open garden to any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot after last cold nights end of spring or grow as a container plant. Seeds are from a wild form with naturally smaller seed capsules. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package2028 € 3,99
Hibiscus saintjohnianus (Orange Haiwaiian Hibiscus)

Hibiscus saintjohnianus (Orange Haiwaiian Hibiscus)

300 (500)cm, Red Hawaiian Hibiscus (syn. Hibiscus kokio ssp. saintjohnianus) or Koki'o ʻula in Hawaiian language is an extremely rare and threatened evergreen tall shrub known from few populations only on the northwestern side of Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, USA. Hibiscus saintjohnianus has dark green, slightly leathery leaves and rich orange to more rarely scarlet-orange or yellow flowers. This species is widely confused with Hibiscus kokio. It differs from Hibiscus kokio in several aspects, apart from the different petals color, the epicalyx bracts are very short in Hibiscus saintjohnianus. For any rich, well drained substrate in a partially shaded (summer) to sunny (winter) spot at a minimum of some 15°C. Our plants are unhybridized, true-to-type and self-fertile. VIII-XII.
5 seeds per package.

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seed package0603 € 24,90
Hibiscus scottii (Scott's Hibiscus)

Hibiscus scottii (Scott's Hibiscus)

80 (120)cm, Scott's Hibiscus is an utmost desirable, extremely rare and endangered, evergreen small woody shrub from Socotra island, offshore Yemen, where it occurs in open spots in dry forests. It has small glossy dark green leaves and surprisingly large, rich yellow flowers with a small dark red center. For any rich, well drained substrate in full sun throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of some 20°C. Hibiscus scottii is one out of five look-alike yellow flowering species which are endemic to Socotra, and which are easily confused: Hibiscus diriffan, Hibiscus macropodus, Hibiscus malacophyllus, Hibiscus quattenensis, and Hibiscus scottii. Socotra hosts even more yellow flowering endemic Hibiscus species (plus several probably introduced African species), yet these are more easily recognizable. Most (if not all) specimens which are labelled Hibiscus diriffan in cultivation are actually Hibiscus scottii. The problem has emerged as the original collection of Hibiscus scottii had been wrongly identified as Hibiscus diriffan, and probably all existing plants in cultivation descend from this single collection. Leaves in Hibiscus scottii are highly variable, they may have an obtuse, orbicular, or elliptical shape, the leaf margins are either entire, serrated or crenulate and the leaf base may be cordate, rounded, or truncate. Even a particular plant may change its leaf shape from a juvenile to an adult stage, and later in its adult stage again depending on cultivation conditions. Thus the leaf shape does not serve to identify plants. The only true distinctive and unique trait in Hibiscus scottii are very short rusty-brown hairs on the calyx and epicalyx, as well as the lower base outside the petals. Our plants are correctly identified and true-to-type. V-IX.
5 seeds per package.

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seed package0340 € 24,90
Hibiscus trionum (Flower-of-an-hour Hibiscus)

Hibiscus trionum (Flower-of-an-hour Hibiscus)

30 (50)cm, Flower-of-an-hour Hibiscus is a fast growing, strictly annual tropical Hibiscus from central Africa. It produces ornamental, pale yellow flowers with a dark violet-black center in terminal umbels. After flowering and setting seeds plants will inevitably die down. However, even in colder climates Hibiscus trionum will readily self-sow under suitable conditions as seeds are frost resistent. For any well drained soil in full sun. An excellent plant for the rock garden. On the web sometimes Hibiscus 'Amethyst' is offered as an alleged cultivar of Hibiscus trionum. However, it is indistinguishable from the variable nominal form. Additionally, some apparently plant unexperienced vendors offer seeds from Hibiscus trionum under the name of Hibiscus cannabinus 'Amethyst', which itself is a trademarked name for a cultivar of a completely different species. Hibiscus trionum makes terminal, smoothly hairy seed capsules, whereas Hibiscus cannabinus has axillary, quite hard capsules covered with short and bristle hairs. Our seeds are from correctly identified, true to type plants and offered at an all-time low price. VI-IX.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 2027 € 0,99
Pavonia hastata (Spearleaf Swampmallow)

Pavonia hastata (Spearleaf Swampmallow)

100 (140)cm, Spearleaf Swampmallow is an ornamental perennial from South America (Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay). It makes slender, somewhat prostate stems with narrow leaves and numerous light rose flowers in summer. Similar to several other Pavonia species, Pavonia hastata produces cleistogamous flowers in summer with long days and short nights, i.e. flowers produce seed without opening. With shorter days in autumn and spring, flowers open completely. Pavonia hastata is sometimes offered as Pavonia brasiliensis, which is an unresolved name. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep drier at a minimum of some 15°C. V-VIII.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package0252 € 2,99
Pavonia missionum (Red Pavonia)

Pavonia missionum (Red Pavonia)

30 (50)cm, Red Pavonia is an ornamental small perennial from South America (southern Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay). It has broad lanceolate, slightly lobed leaves and showy, bright orange-red flowers. It is usually mistaken for the very similar Pavonia rubra which is not in cultivation. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep drier at a minimum of some 15°C. V-VIII.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package0329 € 4,99
Pavonia praemorsa (Yellow Mallow)

Pavonia praemorsa (Yellow Mallow)

50 (10)cm, Yellow Mallow is a perennial dwarf shrub from South Africa with woody stems, glossy green leaves and showy pale lemon-yellow flowers throughout the year. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter water plants carefully and keep them at a minimum of some 15°C. Pavonia praemorsa is an excellent pot plant. I-XII.
10 seeds per package.

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seed package0557 € 2,99