Flower Of An Hour (Hibiscus trionum)

Annual/Perennial
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Flower Of An Hour
Hibiscus trionum
Malvaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The flowers are diuretic[240]. They are used in the treatment of itch and painful skin diseases[240].

    The dried leaves are said to be stomachic[240].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves and young shoots – raw or cooked[177, 179].

    Root – it is edible but very fibrousy[144]. Mucilaginous, without very much flavour[144].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If growing them as annuals, plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer and protect them with a frame or cloche until they are growing away well. If hoping to grow them as perennials, then it is better to grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year and to plant them out in early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Overwinter them in a warm greenhouse and plant out after the last expected frosts.
Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in a sheltered position in full sun[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is an annual or short-lived perennial. Not very frost-tolerant, if started off early in a warm greenhouse it can be grown as an annual in Britain, flowering and setting seed in its first year.
Arid old world tropics. Naturalized in S.E. Europe[50].

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