How To Grow Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus Benefits

Hibiscus is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants which can help to strengthen the immune system and fight colds and infections. One of the main uses of the flower is to cool the body. In Egypt, they used it for cardiac and nerve issues while North Africa used it for coughs and sore throats.

Types of Hibiscus Flowers

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa)Chinese Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Rose of Sharon

Also known as the Korean rose, this is a very popular hardy hibiscus for cool climate growing (USDA Zones 5-9 generally).  It’s a deciduous perennial that flowers relatively late in the season. You can find pink, white, or purple blooms from late summer to mid fall.

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This hibiscus is the culinary and herbal hibiscus make into delicious tea. It has host of many benefits (more on that below!).  It has smaller, less showy blooms than the other with large yellow flowers with red-purple centers.

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Chinese Hibiscus

Also known as the Hawaiian hibiscus (this is the one you see on Hawaiian shirts, towels, flip flops…).  It has large, showy blooms in a bright red that blossom from May through to October. A tropical hibiscus, but in cool climates we can grow it as a houseplant.

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