Hibiscus

Hibiscus are native to tropical and subtropical climates and are the national flower or Haiti and the state flower of Hawaii!  Tropical Hibiscus, as they are sometimes referred to, can be grown outdoors, during the summer, in most of the continental United States.  However, they are susceptible to both frost and freezing and as a result can only be grown in the warmer southern and coastal parts of the United States outdoor, year-round.

Here in Las Vegas, I usually buy one or two of these ‘tropical’ hibiscus in early spring and try to keep them alive through late fall.  Last year, I had one survive the entire winter, despite a few nights of below freezing temperatures.  It has had numerous flowers so far this year, including the one above.

If you’ve ever visited Hawaii, southern California, or Florida, you have probably seen a large variety of Hibiscus, showing off their bright, papery flowers.  Hibiscus flowers color includes white, pink(s), red, yellow, orange, purple, and multi-color.  Their flowers can be from 1 1/2 inches to over 7 inches in diameter.  The most distinct feature of the hibiscus flower to me, is the stigma.  It reminds me of an aliens antennae!

Another picture of my winter-surviving hibiscus.

Another picture of my winter-surviving hibiscus.

Some varieties of Hibiscus are used for medicinal purposes in various cultures.  Parts of some varieties are also used for products as diverse as tea and shampoo.

A week ago, a couple of the large home improvements stores near me had a lot of Hibiscus for sale.  From the typical low growing shrub type, to ones grown as a ‘tree’ hibiscus.

The colors definitely caught my eye.  The last picture below, of the large pink Hibiscus flower, was on a ‘tree hibiscus’ and was the most tempting for me to buy.  Luckily, I was able to leave without having to make room for it in my vehicle.

Click on the pictures above to get a larger view of these beautiful flowers.


 To learn more about Hibiscus, visit the websites below.

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