Hibiscus are deciduous shrubs and trees from the Mallow family that produces large, showy trumpet-shaped flowers in colours, such as white, pink, orange, purple, red and yellow. The plant is native to tropical regions in the world with over 200 different varieties in the genus.
Hibiscus are popular ornamental plants, as the brightly-coloured flowers tend to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to the garden. They can be planted individually or grown as a hedge or border plant in the garden. Plant in full sun.
Fun Flower Facts about the Hibiscus:
- The flower is edible and has a tangy citrusy taste.
- Dried hibiscus is considered a delicacy in Mexico.
- Many countries from around the world use hibiscus to make teas and other tasty beverages. Hibiscus tea contains vitamin C and other minerals.
- It is a popular diuretic.
- The flower can be used to make a natural dye or food colouring.
- The Hibiscus cannabinus variety is commonly used in paper making.
- Hibiscus is the national flower for South Korea and Malaysia.
- The flower has been used in traditional medicine in China.
- Tahitian women can wear a single red hibiscus flower behind her ear to let suitors know she is available for marriage.
- In Polynesia, the bark fibers can be used to make grass skirts.
- The leaves and the flowers can be into a paste and used as a natural shampoo.