Native to temperate and warm, subtropical and tropical regions around the world, the hibiscus plants are flowering plants in the mallow family. There are over 200 species of this plant of which 'Chinese Hibiscus' and 'Rose of Sharon' are commonly grown. In this article you can learn about care tips, varieties and some more useful information on this plant.
They require Direct bright sunlight to bloom and thrive. However you can place them in partial shade also.
Regular watering is required, Droughts will affect their blooms. If grown in containers, they will require more watering like almost all other plants.
They love hot conditions. Temperatures around 75 degrees are required for best growth. Frost can easily kill Hibiscus plants. So, in frost areas, they are grown in containers and these containers can be brought indoors when it freezes outside.
Best time to prune hibiscus plants is late winters.
- There are over 200 species of this plant.
- Kenaf, a species of Hibiscus, is used in paper making. Scientific name of Kenaf is 'Hibiscus cannabinus'.
- Hibiscus syriacus(Rose of Sharon) is the national flower of South Korea, while Hibiscus rosa-sinensis(Chinese Hibiscus) is the national flower of Malaysia.
- Some of its species are now being used as a natural source to produce food colors.
- In Hinduism, Hibiscus is an important flower as it is offered to goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha.
- Herbal teas and other edible products produced of Hibiscus are consumed in many parts of the world especially the Caribbean.
- Hibiscus bark is used to make grass skirts and wigs. Also, in Indian medicine, hubiscus flowers are an important ingredients of a hair oil made to prevent hair loss. It is also used in Chinese medicine.
And here are some more interesting facts about plants.
Hibiscus Time Lapse Video
Orlando Hibiscus Show 2008
Buy Hibiscus Online
Many Hibiscus varieties and related products are available online on the Amazon store. You can buy these plants, containers, pruners and many other gardening accessories through Amazon. See some examples below...
Heart & Soul
Lavender Chiffon rose of Sharon
Blue Chiffon rose of Sharon
White Chiffon rose of Sharon
Red Heart rose of Sharon
Luna Pink Swirl
Show 'n Tell
White Wings hibiscus
You can easily multiply the number of your hibiscus plants by using different methods to propagate them. They can be propagated by methods of cutting, air-layering, division, grafting or grown directly from seeds.
Buy Hibiscus Tea Online
As the name implies, the hibiscus tea is a product of hibiscus plant material(flowers mainly). This tea is caffeine free and can be consumed both hot and cold.Let's have a look at some of its benefits...
The tea is considered great for reducing high blood pressures.
It is rich in vitamin C.
In the Caribbean it is considered a natural body refrigerant.
The hibiscus tea also helps reduce high cholesterol levels.