Flower Of An Hour - Hibiscus trionum Flower Of An Hour - Hibiscus trionum
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Herb: Flower Of An Hour


Latin name: Hibiscus trionum


Family: Malvaceae (Mallow Family)



Medicinal use of Flower Of An Hour:

The flowers are diuretic. They are used in the treatment of itch and painful skin diseases. The dried leaves are said to be stomachic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual/Perennial


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Cultivated ground and waste places in S.E. Europe.

Edible parts of Flower Of An Hour:

Young leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked. Root - it is edible but very fibrousy. Mucilaginous, without very much flavour.

Propagation of the herb:

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.

Cultivation of Flower Of An Hour:

Cultivated ground and waste places in S.E. Europe.

Known hazards of Hibiscus trionum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.