Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known colloquially as Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus, rose mallow and shoeblackplant, is a species of tropical hibiscus, a flowering plant in the Hibisceae group of the family Malvaceae. The biggest difference between tropical and hardy hibiscus is that tropical hibiscus is not hardy in zones lower than zone 9. Tropical hibiscus does not tolerate freezing temperatures and cannot survive more than brief periods of cold.
Tropical hibiscus features evergreen foliage and large, showy flowers. They are very popular in my neighborhood. Today’s photos are from my archive.
If you live in a more northern climate, you can grow a tropical hibiscus in a pot. Bring a potted hibiscus indoors if temperatures in your area drop below 50 degrees. Place the pot near a south-facing window that receives all-day sunlight. Some leaf drop after bringing a plant indoors is normal. For more information on growing a tropical hibiscus see Home Guide’s Care & Maintenance of Tropical Hibiscus.
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