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Alyogyne 'West Coast Gem'

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - August

Common name -
Scientific name Alyogyne huegellii 'West Coast Gem' (Endl.) Fryxell
Family  Malvaceae
Etymology

Genus: Greek, alytos, united; gyne, female, female part of flower; in reference to the undivided style.

Species: Named after Karl von Hugel, a 19th century Austrian botanist.

Distribution Widespread from the Lofty Range in South Australia, to south-western Western Australia.
Native habitat Arid to semi-arid regions.
Description A medium sized, spreading shrub, the flowers can be yellow, white, lilac, pink, mauve or deep purple.
Flowering/fruiting Flowers in early spring to late autumn, but can also spot flower in winter.

Location in Garden

Plants are located in the Big Idea Garden, in Bed 16 on the Connections Garden and in the Visitor Centre Carpark.

 

Individual flowers each last 1-2 days providing a constant array of new blooms over the flowering period.

This selection produces spectacular deep purple, silken-petalled flowers. Prefers a protected full sun position and well-drained soils, is drought hardy and can tolerate light frosts. Tip prune from a young age to promote a dense habit and a strong root system. If you donít have these garden conditions, then it also performs well in a pot on a patio.

 

Alyogyne 'West Coast Gem'

Alyogyne 'West Coast Gem'

Alyogyne 'West Coast Gem'

Alyogyne 'West Coast Gem'