Hibiscus is a large, varied genus of flowering plants native to tropical regions around the world. The genus includes both annuals and perennials, and all are prized for their striking, exotic flowers.
Large, trumpet-shaped flowers in colors of white, yellow, pink, red, orange and blue are the most prominent feature of the hibiscus plant. The bold green foliage is often overlooked in favor of the blooms.
The size of hibiscus depends on the variety, but plants generally range from two to 20 feet in height at maturity with a spread of up to 10 feet or more.
There are more than 200 known species of hibiscus. Hibiscus syriacus, or Rose of Sharon, is the most widely grown. Hibiscus plants include shrubs, small trees and herbaceous plants.
Most types of hibiscus are grown for ornamental value, but certain species are used for medicinal and culinary purposes.
Hibiscus plants prefer full sun, well-drained soil and frequent watering. Hibiscus are tropical plants and cannot tolerate temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Plants are propagated from cuttings, division or seeds.
- Yard and Garden Brief: Hibiscus
- Clemson University Cooperative Extension: Hibiscus
- General Hibiscus Information
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