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Hibiscus Plant

Updated on October 16, 2011

Hibiscus

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.

Care

Sun

They require Direct bright sunlight to bloom and thrive. However you can place them in partial shade also.

Water

Regular watering is required, Droughts will affect their blooms. If grown in containers, they will require more watering like almost all other plants.

Temperature

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.

Pruning

Best time to prune hibiscus plants is late winters.


Facts

  • 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...

Common Varieties

Bonnie B

Heart & Soul

Brandy Punch

Amber Suzanne

Chinese Hibiscus

Gator Pride

Irene Lighthiser

Lavender Chiffon rose of Sharon

Blue Chiffon rose of Sharon

Edward Foreman

Goin Steady

Amazon Queen

Purple Majesty

Peppermint Schnapps

Kirk's Purple

White Chiffon rose of Sharon

Red Heart rose of Sharon

Cherry Brandy

Luna Pink Swirl

Concorde

Ivan Smith

Luna Red

Rum Runner

Fifth Dimention

Fogbank

Dancing Fire

Luna Rose

Orville Davis

Black Dragon

Trademark

Luna White

Miss Liberty

Sugar Tip

Harvest Moon

Tigerama

Show 'n Tell

White Wings hibiscus

Clown Gown


Propagation

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.

Hibiscus Tea

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...

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.


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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      I've read a lot of good things about the tea!

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      PierrePierre 7 years ago

      Intersting hub! I never drink Hibiscus tea, but I want to try.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      You'll find a lot of it in the Caribbean. :)

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      Sonipher 7 years ago

      I kinda need a cold hibiscus tea:).great hub! thanks

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Seems like that. :) Thanks for stopping by wave!

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      I love the Hibucus. . I have a pink one that is just gorgeous. . Loved this Hub. . seems you and I have a lot in common!

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      Sara555 7 years ago

      wow! they're so pretty

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks KKG! There are many many other varieties which I didn't mention here.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Hibicus are beautiful when they are well taken care of. We have four of them in our yard and recieve a great deal of pleasure from their beauty. I didn't realize there were so many varieties. Thanks

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Useful as well as lovely then