Hibiscus cameronii | Pink
Hibiscus cameronii is endemic to Madagascar. This species was
named in honor of David Cameron, curator of the Birmingham
Horticultural Society in England during the 1830s. This is a
soft-wooded shrub 1-2m tall with palmate 3-7 lobed leaves. The
cup-shaped flowers are 7.5 to 10cm in diameter. Flowers have
prominent veining and a red-purple spot at the base of the petals.
The staminal column is red, and curved downward. Suitable for warmer
areas only, Hibiscus cameronii is an attractive free flowering shrub
that requires occasional light pruning. It can be grown from soft
tip cuttings taken in summer or by seed sown in spring. A sunny
location and light well-drained are best since Hibiscus cameronii is
susceptible to root-rot in poorly drained soils.
Some references claim there is a close relationship between
Hibiscus cameronii and the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis complex of
varieties and that they may be intercrossed. This is unlikely since
Hibiscus cameroni belongs to a section other than Lilibiscus. It
seems that early on, a Lilibiscus seedling (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
hybrid) was named 'Cameroni' and this was the source of all the
confusion. To add to the confusion, some older references also refer
to Hibiscus cameronii as 'cameroni', however, according to the IPNI
website, cameronii is the correct spelling.