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This page has many pictures of tropical hibiscus. Some of the types of hibiscus shown are Kirk's Purple, Concorde, and Ivan Smith. Each of these flowers show and array of colors such as purple, yellow, and red.
This website also features information about the background of hibiscus. An interesting fact about hibiscus background is that Hibiscus has been used as fabric dyes and also in food. This page would be most beneficial to the average hibiscus grower. On scale of one to ten I would give this site an eight for its excellent pictures and information on hibiscus.
- The tropical hibiscus belongs to the Malvaceae or mallow family. Other relatives are the rose-of-sharon (shrubby althea), the hardy hibiscus grown in the north, okra, cotton, the Confederate Rose, hollyhock and quite a few others. Some types hibiscus have been used to make dyes and others have been used as food.
- Originating in Asia and the Pacific islands, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is Hawaii's state flower and the national flower of Malaysia. Thousands of colors and combinations of colors ( no true blue or black), some varieties have blossoms 2" in diameter and others, 10-12". Some with bushes that will only grow a foot in several years while others may grow to 15 feet if left undisturbed in the ground. Singles, doubles, some blooming almost every day, the variation in the tropical hibiscus family is astounding!