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Hibbertia aspera, the Rough Guinea Flower

Hibbertia aspera, the Rough Guinea Flower, is usually a bushy, dwarf to medium shrub that may spread by suckers.

The stems are wiry and roughened. Leaves are up to 25 millimetres long, 10 millimetres wide, elliptical, light to deep green with a rough surface (hence the common name).

Yellow flowers are one centimetre across and solitary on slender stalks. What the flowers lack in size they make up for in quantity. From September to November plants are covered in blooms.

H. aspera occurs in all eastern states including Tasmania as well as South Australia.

More by good luck that management we planted a specimen near one of the supports of our patio roof together with Clematis and Pandorea climbers. The Rough Guinea Flower took advantage of the situation and using the other plants for support became a dense climber that becomes a blaze of colour during the lengthy flowering period. H. aspera, together with the other climbers, is providing safe nesting sites for native birds.

The species name means roughened and refers to the stems and leaves.

Propagate from root suckers or stem cuttings.

Warren and Gloria Sheather

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