Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἱβίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40–90) gave to Althaea officinalis.
The hibiscus in the burg are doing very well now. The plants don’t do as well with “wet feet” and so in wet season are prone to aphids. These hibiscus started as small little twigs that our friend gave us. We planted them in a few spots around the yard and in the front garden and they are doing very well. I’ve trimmed them to make them more shrub like and less “leggy”. The cuttings can be put in water and before long they produce their own roots and more hibiscus plants. I have several different colors from another friend’s garden rooting now.
The simple beauty of the hibiscus; another reason life is good in the campo.