Hibiscus are ornamental plants that can bloom all-year-long in the tropics. One of my research finding indicated that hibiscus do not tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees F. However, I am aware that they have been tolerant of lower temperatures in our southern states and further south as Florida. If you grow hibiscus in the northern U.S., plant them in containers to bring inside during winter time and then place them back outside during the summer months.
The yellow hibiscus is the Hawaii’s state flower. Haiti called hibiscus in general their national flower and other countries call specific kinds of hibiscus their own as well. Historically, hibiscus has been used by different cultures as medicine for several conditions. Some countries even make tea out of the petals for the same “medical” reasons. However, in general, this plant is a true champion in the garden that doesn’t require much attention and if you live in a tropical area, it will give you flowers all year long.
Annual: in cold winter areas
Perennial: in tropical and subtropical areas, hardiness in zones 4-10. Also, there is a perennial hibiscus variety.
Deer Resistant: According to US Department of Agriculture Deer loves perennial hibiscus.
Full Sun: Yes
Partial Sun: Yes
Bloom Time: all-year-long in the tropics only.
Color: Flower colors range from white, yellow and orange to scarlet and shades of pink.
Size: Large as big as 6” wide and colorful, great for flower arrangements too.
Water Needs: Low water need
Good Companion Plants: This depends on which variety you plant. You can purchase a plant that will become a woody shrub in a year or two. Or you can purchase a plant that has been professionally trained as a small tree.
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