Chinese Hibiscus can be purchased in the colors you prefer.  They may grow up to 4 feet high and flower the length of the stem.  The University of Florida states that they need at least a half day of direct sunlight.  Most hibiscus bloom year round in Florida.  In other locations they die back to the ground in the winter, and you will need to cut the canes back to the ground while they are dormant.

Hibiscus, is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae.  This flower could easily have its own section because of the many different uses this plant has from landscaping, paper-making, beverages and as a food.  The hibiscus flower is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world; Malaysia, India, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Cambodia, etc.  The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees.

Landscaping; many species of hibiscus are grown for their showy flowers or used as landscape shrubs, and are used to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

One species of hibiscus, known as kenaf, is extensively used in paper-making.

Used as a beverage, teas made from hibiscus flowers are known by many names in many countries around the world and are served both hot and cold.  The beverage is well known for its color, tanginess and flavor.

Use as food, dried hibiscus is edible, and is often a delicacy in Mexico.  It can also be candied and used as a garnish.  The Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is used as a vegetable.

Symbolism and Culture, hibiscus species represent nations:  Hibiscus syriacus is the national flower of South Korea, and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia.  The red hibiscus is the flower of the Hindu goddess Kali, and appears frequently in depictions of her in the art of Bengal, India, often with the goddess and the flower merging in form.  The hibiscus is used as an offering to goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha in Hindu worship.

The red hibiscus flower is traditionally worn by Tahitian women.  A single flower, tucked behind the ear, is used to indicate the wearer’s availability for marriage.

Health Benefits, the tea is popular as a natural diuretic; it contains vitamin C and minerals, and is used traditionally as a mild medicine.

Dieters or people with kidney problems often take it without adding sugar for its beneficial properties and as a natural diuretic.

A 2008 USDA study shows consuming hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in a group of prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.  Three cups of tea daily resulted in an average drop of 8.1 mmHg in their systolic blood pressure, compared to a 1.3 mmHg drop in the volunteers who drank the placebo beverage.

In the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda, hibiscus, especially white hibiscus and red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), is considered to have medicinal properties.  The roots are used to make various concoctions believed to cure ailments such as cough, hair loss or hair graying.  As a hair treatment, the flowers are boiled in oil along with other spices to make medicated hair oil.  The leaves and flowers are ground into a fine paste with a little water, and the resulting lathery paste is used as a shampoo plus conditioner.

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