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Alyogyne delightfully

Flowerpot:7x7x7 cm

Horticultural advantages of Alyogyne
 
Alyogyne have a number of characteristics that make them of horticultural value. They exhibit the rapid growth of Australian Malvaceae species but have several advantages over other Malvaceae species such as Hibiscus. The blooms usually last more than a day, in contrast to Australian species of Hibiscus which only last one day. There are none of the prickles associated with Hibiscus species such as H.heterophyllus and also they are less likely to cause allergic reactions than species with irritant hairs such as Lagunaria patersonii (Norfolk Island Hibiscus). As well, the large blooms not only blend with exotics but are valued by gardeners who may not otherwise choose to grow a native plant. The flowering is profuse, often beginning in the first year.
 
Alyogyne delightfully has been described by John Hunt (P5) as an example of an 'anywhere' plant. He describes 'anywhere' plants as plants that can be used quite freely throughout the garden, for they occupy little or no space, remaining unseen for most of the time, but they flower magnificently and are very showy at particular times of the year. He notes that Alyogyne huegelii is normally a straggly plant but, if kept pruned and grown in between and among other plants, it will enhance any garden setting, adding an indefinable charm at spring time. He continues that 'anywhere' plants create that 'old English cottage garden' effect by sprinkling a magical continuity of colour and vitality throughout the garden.
Cultivation
 
Alyogyne delightfully
 
As A.delightfully (P7) is a desert plant, it is well suited to a warm, dry climate. It is intolerant of bad drainage but is adaptable and sufficiently hardy in cool moist climates such as south-eastern Australia. A well-drained sunny spot is ideal although plants will grow in semi-shade. Plants perform best when they receive sunlight for most of the day and have some wind protection as large plants are subject to wind damage.
 
The plant may develop into a well-shaped shrub without any need for pruning but it can be pruned to improve the shape if desired.
 
A.delightfully tolerates mild frosts but some protection may be required from heavier frosts.

 

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