The ultimate tropical bloom!
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae, and are native to warm subtropical and tropical regions around the world!
“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.”
— Claudia Adrienne Grandi
Although their meaning will vary on the culture of the beholder, some general symbols often associated with the hibiscus flower are:
Hibiscus come in a wide array of colors but here are just a few, along with what those colors mean!
Yellow hibiscus is often associated with happiness, sunshine, and good luck!
Red hibiscus is a symbol of love and passion.
Pink hibiscus stands for friendship and all different kinds of love – not just romantic!
While most hibiscus blooms have no scent, it is common for some to have a slight, modest fragrance.
The ancestors of the modern hibiscus we all know and love were sprinkled all around the globe, trailing the Equator from one tropical land to the next!
They are considered to be the ancestors of the modern exotic hibiscus originally native to Mauritius, Madagascar, Fiji, Hawaii, China, and India.
Similar to modern hibiscus, their ancestors were characterized by their free-flowering, tall bushes, and their ability to form seeds using their own pollen that would grow into genetically identical plants.
Most of these ancestors do still exist and look very similar to the modern hibiscus of today.
We don’t know how the original species were separated from one another, but it is speculated that at one time, they grew closer together, but continental drift eventually separated them.
It’s also possible that they all come from the same ancestral hibiscus, and this ancestral plant evolved into different species.
We can see this happening even now in the Hawaiian islands when plants of one of the Hawaiian native hibiscus species develop unique characteristics as they grow and evolve on separate islands.
Another theory is that during pre-historic times, the ancestors of the Polynesian people set out from their original home in southeast Asia and migrated throughout the Pacific, carrying with them seeds of the original hibiscus species that they planted in various locations during this long migration. By the 1700s, eight cross-compatible hibiscus species were growing naturally on tropical islands off the east coast of Africa and all the way to Hawaii.
By the 1900s, first and second-generation hybrids of hibiscus were growing in most of the sub-tropical areas of the world. Although many growers were able to improve the plants, they hadn’t yet been able to attain the flower size and huge variety of colors that were to come from the more intense hybridization in the 20th century. This was first done in Hawaii! 
All varieties of hibiscus grow best in full sun and moist, well-draining soil.
As a warm-weather plant, it’s best to keep hibiscus inside until nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees.
Plant them in the spring so they will have the entire growing season to establish a sound root system. A perennial hibiscus planted in the fall may not return as reliably the following spring as one planted earlier in the year.
How to Plant:
Yes, it’s true. Hibiscus don’t have the longest vase life. However, here are a few tips to keep them fresh and lively for as long as possible!
Hibiscus makes the perfect grand romantic gesture if you’re trying to woo a loved one! Give them to a girlfriend, wife, or even a close friend!
They’re also perfect for summer parties according to Lovingly Momentmaker, Marina Floral Design!
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