Red Hibiscus Flowers - Varieties And Uses
Red Hibiscus Flowers With Many Different Uses
Red hibiscus flowers are undoubtedly very beautiful red tropical flowers and they have many different uses. Red hibiscus flowers can be used to make natural herbal shampoo and some of the varieties are edible flowers which are used in food recipes.
Red hibiscus flowers look great in your garden, they are good for decorations, they are used in the making of Hawaiian lei or flower garlands, and they are also used in many natural cosmetic products.
Edible red hibiscus flowers (not all varieties are edible) are rich in antioxidants and they have much medicinal value, which justifies the use of these pretty flowers in cooking and also in many traditional medicines in Asian countries. There, they are also considered very sacred and used in many religious ceremonies.
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Different Types Of Red Hibiscus Flowers - Popular Varieties
Hibiscus flowers come in many different varieties and even within the red coloured flowers, there are different types. Some are bright red in color, while some come in lighter shades.
Some flowers have single layer petals, while some varieties have multiple layers of petals.The photo of the red flower that you have seen above is that of a simple, common and popular single layered red hibiscus flower.
Multi-layered Red Hibiscus Flowers
Bright and colorful, the unique multiple layered red hibiscus ornamental flowers look extraordinarily good in tropical flower gardens.
Red Schizopetalus Hibiscus Flower
Another variety of multi-layered flower.
Growing Red Hibiscus Plants In Your Garden
Hibiscus plants can be easily grown in tropical and sub tropical regions. So if you live in tropical regions, you can grow them without much effort.
I have grown the red hibiscus plants from stem cuttings, but seeds are also available in today’s market. To grow the plant from stem cuttings, plant them directly in soil or any pots and water them regularly. The new plants will grow in few months and once they start flowering, chances are that you will get the flowers regularly.
These are beautiful ornamental plants which can make any garden look beautiful. If you decide to grow them from seeds, it may take much longer time for the seeds to germinate. You may try to nick the seeds using a knife to accelerate the germination process.
If you live in places with extreme cold temperatures where you can’t grow the plants outside, you can try to grow them in pots and keep them indoor during winter season.
Red hibiscus plants and flower designs make great gifts and you can find many such gifts from Amazon, just like the hanging flower basket that you see here! Even if you can't grow the real plants, you can bring the beauty of red hibiscus flowers to your home with these beautiful red hibiscus home decor gifts.
The below shown Hanging Hibiscus Basket is made of silk and it definitely makes a unique and special gift perfect for any home.
Below you can also see a most beautiful, decorative artificial hibiscus plant with red hibiscus flowers that looks almost real. Bring the charm of red hibiscus flowers in your home for the exotic tropical touch.
Decorative Artificial Red Hibiscus Flower Plant For Tropical Home Decor
Red Hibiscus Hanging Basket
Hibiscus Tea And The Use Of Hibiscus Flowers in Food
Hibiscus tea is very popular, especially in China and Japan. It is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and it has much medicinal value. The tea is made using dried red hibiscus powder and it is believed to be good to regulate blood pressure and also for reducing cold and flu.
There is a famous hibiscus tea from Egypt known as Karkade.
The flower petals are also used in cooking in Asian countries where they grow abundantly. I love the stew my grandmother and mother used to prepare from the fresh flowers that bloomed in our garden. It is important to note that only the petals are edible.
Learn How To Make Tea From Fresh Red Hibiscus Flowers!
Other Uses Of Red Hibiscus Flowers - Natural Shampoo, Natural Hair Conditioner And Natural Dye
Red hibiscus flowers are great for natural hair care. They can be used as a natural hair dye or as a natural shampoo to cleanse the hair.
If you have red hibiscus plant in your garden, blend together the petals of fresh flowers and the leaves together to make the natural shampoo. Filter it and apply to your hair strands and scalp, this is good to clean your hair naturally. This also work as a great natural hair conditioner and so you do not have to use a separate conditioner. The use of this natural shampoo will leave your hair soft and silky and it also gives a cooling effect.
Red hibiscus is also used to make natural hair dyes, the use of which gives a beautiful brown tint to your hair. The petals can be dried and powdered to make the natural dye. The petals from fresh flowers or the dried powder are also used in many traditional homemade hair oils.
I am sure these pretty flowers will have many more uses than those I mentioned above.
If you use them for anything, feel free to share in the comment section below and let me know if you love these beautiful red flowers!