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Red Hibiscus Flowers - Varieties And Uses

Updated on August 16, 2016
Photo Of Red Hibiscus Flower In Black Background | Photo Source: Pixabay
Photo Of Red Hibiscus Flower In Black Background | Photo Source: Pixabay

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.

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Red Schizopetalus Hibiscus Flower

Another variety of multi-layered flower.

Schizopetalus Hibiscus Flower
Schizopetalus Hibiscus Flower | Source

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.

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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

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!

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Such beautiful flowers! I used to have several and brought them in for the winter, keeping them in the basement and allowing them to rest. Someone told me that I could store them dry-root so I did. They never recovered.

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      sallieannluvslife 2 years ago from Eastern Shore

      We have an authentic Mexican restaurant in our area that we visit and they have something called Agua de Jamaica and it is a delicious and nutritious drink, like tea, made with hibiscus flowers. It is delicious. Great hub! I agree with Dolores - they are such beautiful flowers.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Besides being so beautiful, it is good to learn about other ways hibiscus can be used. Thanks!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Wow, I didn't realize there were so many other types of Hibiscus. Right now I'm trying to get mine ready for winter so I don't lose it. This year it bloomed late and I thought it was gone, but later revealed itself in all it's glory.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hibiscus flowers are very beautiful. It's great that they have so many uses, too. I'm enjoying learning about the flowers that you describe!

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I have always liked hibiscus flowers, and had never realized how useful they are for tea and anti oxidant. Voted up as I found it very interesting.

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful flowers and useful for health. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. I like it. Voted up!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So beautiful! The photos are just so perfect. I have Hibiscus but in a different color.

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      oldiesmusic 2 years ago from United States

      Ah hibiscus, it brings back childhood memories for me. When we were kids we also used hibiscus for our bubbles -- we'd pound the flowers and the leaves and mix them with detergent soap and water. Having just discovered from your hub that you can make a shampoo out of the flowers and leaves, I'm rather interested to try in making it.

      Really informational and entertaining hub :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I love hibiscus and bought one for my mother and it grew so huge! I did not realize it would grow so large and turn a beautify deep purple leaves in the winter. I did not realize their health benefits.

      Up ++++ tweeting and pinning

      Blessings

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      These are such beautiful flowers, I love the colors you posted here. My hubby trims our bushes and when he does he brings a few blooms in for me to put in a vase. They have to be sprayed for insects, but they look lovely for a day at the kitchen window. Thanks for sharing their uses.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you all for reading and commenting, much apprectiated :) Red hibiscus flowers are such beautiful, ornamental and herbal plants, they are one of my favourites. Glad you all like them!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      We had a hibiscus in our garden but it got attacked by white fly so we took it out. Beautiful plants, all the same. Wonderful hub!

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks so much for reading Mel Carriere!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I've been in love with the hibiscus since childhood and still do not have one in my yard. Your article encouraged me to go get one. Thanks for these interesting facts.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi MsDora, thanks so much for reading. I really hope you get one soon!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very interesting hub Violetterose. We have a hibiscus shrub that grows two different flowers on the one plant. One flower is red and traditional hibiscus shape and the other is a salmon colour shaped like the schizopetalus above. I was unaware that the petals were edible and could be used for hair shampoo and conditioner. Voted up.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Jodah, it will be so pretty to have red coloured hibiscus and salmon coloured ones in the same plant. Thanks so much for reading :)

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