Gossypium sturtianum – Sturt’s Desert Rose

A large woody shrub from arid areas of inland Australia, useful for its drought tolerance and attractive large hibiscus-like flowers. They are mauve to lilac with red centres, it flowers mostly in late winter with spot blooming the rest of the year, and they attract nectar loving birds. Though most at home in arid areas, it can be used in more humid climates if given a sunny spot and good drainage, with good air circulation. Frost sensitive. It is the floral emblem of the Northern Territory.

Family : Malvaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Large shrub
Width : 1.5
Flowering Time : Winter, All year
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Climate Zone :
Growth Habit : Evergreen
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained
Special Uses :
Scientific Name: Gossypium sturtianum
Common Name : Sturt's Desert Rose
Height : 3
Flower Color : Mauve
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Not frost tolerant
Attracts Wildlife : Nectar eating birds