Friday, January 2, 2009

Hibiscus fragilis-an endangered beauty

Hibiscus fragilis is a very rare species native to Mauritius Island and perhaps Reunion. It is called the Mandrinette, and is in very limited cultivation. The rather small flowers, for a hibiscus, are borne in spring and summer. They do not appear to be self fertile, so I will need to wait for more than one plant to bloom to set seed. My original seed came from Chiltern Seeds, whose catalogue is a delight to read.

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