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Hibiscus pedunculatus
Hibiscus peduHibiscus pedunculatusnculatus | Pink Hibiscus, Wild Hibiscus, Cape Hibiscus

A native of South Africa and Mozambique, this perennial Hibiscus grows to 2m tall, although mature plants at half that size are more common. This evergreen shrub is covered from spring to autumn with small pink flowers. The species is found naturally on the KwaZulu-Natal coast and the warmer, wetter parts of the SA midlands, at the edges of evergreen forest.

Historical Reference: Hibiscus Pedunculatus, The Long-stalked Cape Hibiscus. Specific Character —Leaves three or five-lobed, obtuse, crenated, hairy. Peduncles axillary, twice as long as the leaves. Corolla campanulate. Description —This is a very ornamental greenhouse plant, which blossoms freely about July; the beauty of its large rose-coloured flowers being greatly enhanced by the dusky green of its foliage. It is an upright shrub, growing about two feet high. The flowers are somewhat campanulate. The plant is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, and was introduced in 1812. The flowers appear from May to December.

Ladies' Flower-garden of Ornamental Greenouse Plants
Jane Loundon
Published by William Smith, 1848