Flower-of-an-Hour

A type of hibiscus with distinct lobed leaves, flower-of-an-hour is a welcome volunteer that secures loose soil and attracts pollinators. In the mallow family, it’s an edible cousin of okra.


Common Name: Flower-of-an-Hour
Scientific Name: Hibiscus trionum
Family: Malvaceae (mallow)


Each bloom on flower-of-an-hour opens only for one day, and closes within a few hours.

Each bloom on flower-of-an-hour opens only for one day, and closes within a few hours.

Uses

  • Edible shoots and leaves
  • Erosion control
  • Nectary
  • Protects disturbed soil

Medicinal Properties

  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Flowers are diuretic
  • Flowers relieve itching and and support skin health
  • Stomachic leaves

Forest Garden Designing

  • Plant Type: Annual/Perennial
  • Plant Leaf Type: Deciduous
  • Layer Use: Herbaceous
  • Pollination: Hermaphrodite flowers cross-pollinated by insects
  • Flowering: August-September
  • Leaf Shape: Lobed
  • Height: 1′
  • Width: 2′

Planting Considerations

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-11
  • Light: Full sun
  • Shade: Does not tolerate
  • Moisture: Requires drainage, water lightly to avoid wet feet
  • pH: most species prefer fairly neutral to alkaline soil (5.5 – 7.8)

Propagation

  • Direct seed

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