Hibiscus is a genus of about400 different species in the family Malvaceae, native to warm temperate and tropical regions. These plants can be woody shrubs or small trees, as well as annuals or perennials.
In the world of flowers, they are known for their colorful, large and trumpet-shaped flowers. These flowers will add color and interest to your garden, while also attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.
The name “hibiscus” comes from the Greek word “hibiskos”, which Dioscorides (Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist) identified with the marsh mallow.
Depending on the culture of the beholder, Hibiscus can symbolize beauty, charm, youth, first love and the shortness of life.
Interesting facts about Hibiscus:
Hibiscus as National Symbol
Hibiscus is the Hawaii’s state flower. Hawaiian girls sometimes wear Hibiscus flower behind the left or right ear, in order to reveal their relationship status in public.
Hibiscus is also the national flower of South Korea, Malaysia and Haiti.
Benefits and Uses
Hibiscus is a powerful healer. It can lower your blood pressure, promote your hair growth and even fight a cancer. It can also improve your mood and help you to lose your weight in a natural way.
Hibiscus cannabinus, also known as Kenaf, is used in paper making.
Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs, Trees
The flowers come in a variety of colors, from red, orange, pink and yellow to white, purple and blue.
These beauties can reach heights up to 4 metres (13 ft).
Hibiscus likes moist and well drained soil, with a neutral to slightly acidic pH.