Alyogyne huegelii Monterey Bay ~ Blue Hibiscus
Blue and purple are difficult colors to strongly represent in the garden. The rich purple, or dark blue as some would have it, of this selection of Alyogyne huegelii, the blue hibiscus, draws in the eye. This variety is darker than most. The petals are delicate enough so that it stretches the imagination as to how they can stay unfurled. The plants prefer full sun and good drainage. They are surprisingly hardy and almost always in bloom. I have had plants survive winters where the temperatures dipped into the low 20°s F. The plants are native to Australia. Alyogyne Monterey Bay is a nectar and larval food source for the Painted Lady Butterfly and the Northern White Skipper and is a great addition to the butterfly garden.
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