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Products > Alyogyne 'Ruth Bancroft'
 
Alyogyne 'Ruth Bancroft' - Red Centered Hibiscus
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Malvaceae (w/Bombacaceae & Sterculeacea)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Lavender
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Parentage: (A. hakeifolia x A. huegelii?)
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Alyogyne 'Ruth Bancroft' (Ruth's Blue Hibiscus) - A fine texture upright shrub that can grow 6 to 8 feet (or possibly more) in height with an open growth habit when young and leaves that are palmately lobed with bright green deeply lobed very narrow segments. From late spring well into fall appear the 2 inch long pale lavender-blue flowers with a strong central red eye that are held upright near the branch tips. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and given occasional to infrequent irrigation - this plant grows well in our summer dry landscapes! Hardy to around 25 F and useful in USDA zones 9 - 10. Occasional pruning when young it will make the plant much fuller and also increase the flower production. The soft lavender-blue color of this plant's flowers stand out well against the interesting texture of its foliage. Alyogyne 'Ruth Bancroft' is a presumed hybrid between the Blue Hibiscus, Alyogyne huegelii and the Red Centered Hibiscus, Alyogyne hakeifolia as it was a spontaneous seedling hybrid that was found growing in the Ruth Bancroft Garden in a spot near where both parents were growing alongside each other. These parents are both from southern and southwestern Australia, which like California has a mediterranean climate and both have palmate leaves, radiating out like the fingers of an open hand, but while the lobes A. huegelii are slightly fuzzy and have frilly margins, those of A. hakeifolia are so narrow as to be almost needle-like. The leaves of the hybrid are between the two as they are quite narrow but softer and not as needle-thin as typical A. hakeifolia and lack the hairs of A. huegelii. We also grow another plant presumed to have the same parentage that is called Alyogyne 'Lady Barbara Rose' that has broader dissected leaves and slightly darker flowers.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Alyogyne 'Ruth Bancroft'.