Hibbertia aspera, Rough Guinea Flower
Hibbertia aspera, the Rough Guinea Flower, is said to be a spreading, ascending, erect or dwarf to medium shrub with a bushy habit.
The plant illustrated is growing under our patio and has developed into a dense, scrambling plant with a spread exceeding two metres. The plant has used other plants for support and has become a climber as well as scrambling amongst other plants at ground level.
Stems and leaves are rough to the touch. The species name means roughened. The leaves are obovate to oblong, dark green above and whitish beneath with soft hairs.
The bright yellow flowers are about one centimetre across with spring and early summer the main flowering period. Flowers are small but what they lack in size they make up for in quantity. During the flowering period the branches are covered with cheerful blooms.
The Rough Guinea Flower could be grown as a scrambling ground cover in native garden beds. The species will also climb if given support by other plants.
Hibbertia aspera is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia along the coast and nearby ranges.
Cuttings produce roots rapidly.
The Hibbertias, or Guinea Flowers, are common throughout the Australian bush. There are about 115 species and 110 of these are endemic. They have colourful yellow flowers but unfortunately not many species are in cultivation.
Warren and Gloria Sheather