Hibiscus rosa sinensis

Add a splash of vibrant color to your garden with these stunning varieties of Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis. Explore the best breeds and tips for growing these eye-catching flowers in your own backyard.
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (family Malvaceae) by Luigi Strano FDV, via Flickr

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn. (family Malvaceae), known colloquially as the Chinese hibiscus, is an evergreen flowering shrub native to East Asia. It is also known as China rose and shoe flower. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics and subtropics. The flowers are large, generally red in the original varieties, and firm, but generally lack any scent. Numerous varieties, cultivars, and hybrids are available, with flower colors ranging from white through yellow and…

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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 2.5 m (8ft) at a fast rate. See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It…

Sherry Pigg