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The Hibiscus Flower - Photos and Information

Updated on November 24, 2016
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Photo 1 | Source
I love this hibiscus with white and pink in its petals.
I love this hibiscus with white and pink in its petals. | Source
Photo 2 - Hibiscus with Poinsettias at Christmas Time
Photo 2 - Hibiscus with Poinsettias at Christmas Time | Source
Photo 3 - Hibiscus Bud
Photo 3 - Hibiscus Bud | Source
A beautiful yellow hibiscus flower in the sunshine.
A beautiful yellow hibiscus flower in the sunshine. | Source
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Photo 4 | Source

Hibiscus - A Wonderful Tropical Flower

Hibiscus are wonderful and cheery flowers to have around. I have grown them before, and really enjoyed them in my garden. In fact, they were beautiful little hibiscus "trees" with braided "trunks". I purchased and planted a few of them for my backyard. I found out a bit later, they wouldn't survive the winter, and they did not. Needless to say, I have learned a lot since that time! I still love them, and if I ever live in a place where they can survive the winters, I will plant them again.

Some Features of Hibiscus

Sometimes hibiscus is referred to as shrubby mallow. There is another Rose Mallow, which is a bit more cold hardy and can be grown and return each year. The general hibiscus plant is the one I am referring to in this hub. This plant is a late, but strong summer blooming flower that is very eyecatching. They often have huge, saucer shaped blooms that have quite the tropical flair to them.

The blooming period generally is from July through September, and I simply love the show they put on. It is as if the strong and humid heat doesn't phase them, and in fact they love it. The blooms range in colors from purple, pink, blue, white, red, yellows, and coral colors, and more. Sometimes, you can see multicolored blooms with two colors in them. They are gorgeous!

One of the popular varieties I have heard of are the Hamabo, which has a white flower with a crimson red colored center. Another favorite hibiscus is the Woodbridge, which has a beautiful rose pink color with a dark center. Bluebird is a violet blue colored variety, with a white center.

What Kind of Site is Best for Hibiscus?

Hibiscus like to have full sun, and the more the better. They flower the most in full sun, and do not care for colder windy weather. It is recommended they be sheltered from colder wind if possible. If you have a hibiscus in a somewhat shady spot, and it doesn't bloom prolifically, move it to a sunny location and watch the change in its flowering habit.

Hibiscus like well drained, fertile, and somewhat sandy soil. It likes a sandy loam, but can tolerate even poorer soils, which is good to know. If you do apply any well rotted organic matter, it will really appreciate that.

Feeding your Hibiscus

For newly planted hibiscus in the spring or summer, make sure to water regularly until the plant is established. They like to be fed an all purpose plant food, though I have fed my hibiscus flower food that encourages blooms and it liked that also. It is recommended to try blood or bone meal in the spring and again in mid summer time. They like miracle grow as well. I like to use the diluted in water formulas for blooms.


You can prune back your hibiscus to about half their height in the spring. If there happens to be any frost damage done to the plants, prune back that part also. Sometimes the shoots will become frost damaged, and if they are, the spring is the best time to cut those back as well.

Some of the recommended varieties of hibiscus are, Bluebird, William R. Smith, Brendon Springs, Woodbridge, Hamabo, Meehanii, Lady Stanley, and Lenny.

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More Hibiscus Flower Photos

Orange hibiscus flower in dappled shade.
Orange hibiscus flower in dappled shade. | Source
The center off the hibiscus flower, the stamen.
The center off the hibiscus flower, the stamen. | Source
I love the beautiful color in this hibiscus flower.
I love the beautiful color in this hibiscus flower. | Source
A pretty salmon pink colored hibiscus flower.
A pretty salmon pink colored hibiscus flower. | Source


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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi there Jim and Marylynn. Hibiscus grow best in zones 9-11 where the temperatures don't get too low in the winters. That said, people do find ways of helping their hibiscus to survive the winters by bringing them indoors for instance. I have a neighbor that does this with their very beautiful hibiscus "tree" they have in a pot. It has a braided trunk, and it survives this way. I recall my first time thinking they would grow in my own zone, only to find out they do not!. I wanted to buy several as they are so beautiful. So I am content to see them when I can, but don't grow my own at this time.

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      5 years ago

      What zones do hibiscus grow in. I live in zone 5?

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Kate, I am so glad to hear you found some useful information here! I love hibiscus, and wish they survived the winters outdoors where I live. So I enjoy them all the more when I do see them.

      I hope your hibiscus grow well and put off many showy and beautiful flowers!

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      6 years ago

      the information on this page was very useful to me. I planted some Hibiscus flowers and they are gorgeous!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Chantel, up above, I share some basic thoughts on pruning and feeding your hibiscus. As for how much time you give them, I am not sure for sure. I think you will know soon enough, especially as summer keeps getting closer and closer. Any new growth at all is a great sign, little green leaves, etc.

      I am sure they were very beautiful last year! Lets hope they come back as strong or stronger to bring you even more joy this year! Wishing you the best with your hibiscus. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. These flowers are so wonderful.

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      6 years ago

      First time growing hibiscus- zone 6. I have seen them in my area coming back each year in many yards. We had a very warm winter but mine look dead. Do they grow on old wood or should I prune them down to help the roots? Do I feed them? Also how much time do I give them? They were beautiful last year and were well protected for the winter.

      Many Thanks :)

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Nabila, I am glad you liked the flower and stopped by.

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      6 years ago

      awesome but i need full size photo

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Samsons, thank you very much! I think its wonderful that you bring your plants in for longer lasting life of the plant overall. I need to do that also. I think they are such beautiful flowers, and so happy others do as well.

      DeBorrah, thank you! Hopefully in California, your hibiscus will be just fine, but I am not sure where you are. I lived in California for much of my life, and many places are hospitable to them. However, there are some places snow stays for a while also. Best of luck on your beautiful hibiscus! Peace and Blessings back to you!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      6 years ago

      Oceansunsets, Nice hub! This was quite helpful! I have a hibiscus that I am watching closely to see if it will fare through the chilly winter we are having here in California! When the coinditions are right they are quite lovely! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      6 years ago from Tennessee

      What a lovely hub that inspires me anew to write about this lovely flower. My wife and I have grown hibiscus for years and love to work with them from the pruning through the summer and fall. We bring them into the house and/or garage and they still bloom but the flower is much smaller than those when the plants are left outside.

      Thanks and the pix are gorgeous. Voted up and beautiful...

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Thumbi, thank you very much! I can see how large hibiscus plants could be used for edging or separating yards from others. I appreciate your comment and visit.

      Hello Debra, thank you for your visit and comment to my hub. So glad you stopped by. Finding fellow gardeners is a joy!

      Geetika Iyer, thank you for your comment. I think you are lucky to have these pretty flowers in your garden. I hope to grow some more here, that are tolerant of freezing weather in the wintertime. Your visit and comment are appreciated.

      Hi Vasantha, so glad you stopped by and shared what photos you liked. Thanks for the comment!

      Tlpoague, I know of people here that grow these flowers indoors, or at least bring them in for the winter. The continue to stay alive throughout the winter, and then people take them back outside when the freezing temperatures are gone. I have to try something like that. Glad you left a comment, and thanks for the visit.

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      6 years ago from USA

      These are beautiful flowers. I would love to grow them, but am glad to know that they can't survive in the winter. Have you had any luck growing them indoors?

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      vasantha T k 

      6 years ago from Bangalore

      1and 4 photos are beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

    • geetika iyer profile image

      geetika iyer 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks for this wonderful hub! I have always enjoyed these beautiful flowers in my garden.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      these Hibiscus are beautiful.. I do like to plant in the spring.. beautiful.. great hub


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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Beautiful pictures! We see plenty of these flowers in India in different colours. In the villages, the plant is sometimes used for fencing.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Debra, so glad to share it. I also love flower gardening, and I am sure you will enjoy adding hibiscus to your list of flowers to grow. They are just lovely and a joy to have around. Thanks for your comment and visit to my hub. :)

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      Debra Charney 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks, for the information on Hibiscus. I love flower gardening. I will have to try adding these to my collection.


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