Hibiscus forum: Hibiscus striatus

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 11, 2014 10:41 AM CST
My Hibiscus striatus finally bloomed.


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This the first year I have it and it only developed two bud this year. I got home from work a couple of days ago to see that it had bloomed and close before I even got to see it. I watched that last bloom like a hawk and came home at lunch today to make sure I got some pictures.

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 11, 2014 1:51 PM CST
What a lovely color!
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Name: James
Fabens,TX (Zone 8a)
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Txtea
Aug 11, 2014 4:03 PM CST
It is a beauty. I need one of these where would one be able to find it?
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 11, 2014 4:12 PM CST
The only place I have found it is Woodlanders. They sell it under the name Hibiscus cubensis which is the synonym for Hibiscus striatus ssp. lambertianus.

http://www.woodlanders.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=plants.plant...
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Name: James
Fabens,TX (Zone 8a)
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Txtea
Aug 11, 2014 7:27 PM CST
Thank You for the info.

eldiablo
Aug 18, 2014 7:06 AM CST
For many years, I have observed a rural area in Calhoun Co. (Texas) which has an unusual tall apparently-native hibiscus, but never could find it listed in any of the wildflower books, nor growing anywhere else. Recently, though, I've been able to identify it as Hibiscus striatus var. lambertinanus (photo attached). Located along Hwy 35 as it passes through the Guadalupe River delta marshes, this species grows and develops into thickets. It it tall and straggly (often 10' high), with thick almost-woody stems and a tough knot of roots, but with a pretty bloom. In this area, only the tops seems to freeze back each winter. It has small sharp points on the stems, and is covered (especially dried seed pods) with a coarse hair that sticks into your skin like tiny porcupine quills. It has never impressed me as a garden plant due to its tall straggly habit and spiny hairs, but may have use for erosion control in brackish water areas or as a wetland plant. Considered a native of central and south America, there may be horticultural selections there that are more tame. More can be learned at this link:
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=HISTL2
... or the USDA link:
http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=HISTL2
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Aug 18, 2014 11:59 AM CST
Hibiscus striatus var. lambertinanus is native to Texas and I think Mexico. The South American variety I believe is Hibiscus striatus subspecies striatus. I would love to get some seed from the Texas native stands of Hibiscus striatus var. lambertinanus.
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Name: James
Fabens,TX (Zone 8a)
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Txtea
Aug 18, 2014 12:44 PM CST
Eldiablo, thanks for this info. I also would like to get so of the seeds.

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