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A picture of a African Hemp

African Hemp

Sparrmannia spp.

Also known as

House Lime, Stock Rose

Sparrmannia africana, blom, Jan Celliers Park by JMK (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

4m

4m

Min

2.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Sparmannia africana3
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Overview

A small genus with only 2 species of large evergreen shrubs and trees in the mallow family. They originate from Africa and are also known as African hemp. Cultivated varieties are grown for their showy white or pink flowers which measure approximately 3.5cm in width and have colourful red and yellow stamens. Also grown for their oval-shaped, lobed, rough, evergreen foliage. They prefer a sheltered position in full sun with winter protection as they will not survive frosts.