Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Lady Cilento'
A lot of Queenslanders grew up in a household where "Medical Mother", Lady Cilento (1893-1985) was regularly quoted and her sound advice was given good heed. It is a delightful irony that this Hibiscus should bloom on this day of the opening of the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane. It is a spectacular large ruffled flower not for the feint hearted with all those splashes and swirls of orange and yellow. I like to think of it as being a Vitamin C kind of colour given Lady Cilento's advocacy for the use of vitamins. It was bred by Ian Wicks from a pod parent of 'Fiesta' and a pollen parent of 'Three Cheers' and released in 1982. It is a strong upright growing bush or it can be grown as an espalier. Imagine this planted against a purple wall.