Tropical Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Tropical hibiscus grows permanently in the landscape in warmer U.S. Dept of Agriculture zones 9 through 11, unless they are taken indoors in winter. Outdoors, one freeze – below 25 degrees Fahrenheit – will kill them
I love growing tropical hibiscus in my yard for big bold flowers. Even in winter they try to bloom continuously here in central Florida. Up north you can grow a hardy hibiscus which doesn’t do well in the summer Florida sun. The warmer the weather with enough water, the more flowers a tropical hibiscus will give. Some days I bring in one beautiful red single hibiscus bloom to put in a dish for the table. Hibiscus blooms only last 24 hours whether on the bush or in the house. Here are photos from several days.
A single hibiscus has petals that lay back from the center of the flower like the first photo.
A double hibiscus shown above has a more ruffled look in petals. My bush has both believe it or not. I love both looks.
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