Pictures of Hibiscus
Common Name: Hibiscus
Botanical Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis.
- The genus name Hibiscus is Greek for "mallow". The species name rosa-sinensis, is literally "rose of China" indicating the plant's origins in Asia rather than in Hawaii.
- An evergreen shrub. The height varies, flowers can be single, semi-double or double. They come in red, pink, orange, yellow and white. The leaves are dark green and glossy with a paler reverse.
Hibiscus today is very popular as an ornamental plant in most warm countries.
The original red-flowered plant has undergone tremendous development, hundreds of variety are now available, some with double or semi-double flowers in all different colours.
I have seen miniature hibiscus which are ideals for pots or small gardens. Hibiscus can be use as a pot plant, hedge for privacy screen, it will be nice at the poolside and adds a strong colour in a tropical garden.
Hibiscus are easy to grow, they like full sun and well-drained soil. Here in Australia, hibiscus are sold in the nurseries particularly in summer and autumn when plants are at their peak.
One thing I like Hibiscus is that hardwood cuttings can be used to propagate new plants.
The photos above were all taken at the Sydney Royal Botanical garden.
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