Hibiscus flowers are so attractive and graceful to look at. They
come in many colors and sizes, and can even reach the height of 15 feet.
Some varieties of these wonderful plants are:
Its corolla is of a beautiful rose color, the lower
part of the filaments is pale, the upper rose colored
like the corolla. The anthers are dark crimson, and arranged in pyramidal form. Projecting from around which
arise five deep red, hairy, round stigmas, of which parts in the expanded flower produce a pleasing effect.
Considered the king of all known Australian plants. It thrives well in a mixture of loam and peat, and
cuttings will strike readily in sand or mould under a hand glass in heat.
Hibiscus vesicarius (African
This is a plant of very easy culture, and should be planted in
the spring. It is a showy plant with large petals, of a straw color, the centre a deep rich brown or purple, finely
contrasted with the brilliant gold color of the stamens or anthers. The flowers quickly perish, but, to make up for
their frailty, it carries on blooming from June to September.
Hibiscus mutabilis (Changeable
Has leaves as large as those of the vine. The flower first opens
white, from which it changes to rose-color, and finally to purple. This plant is a native of the East Indies, from
where the French carried it to their settlements in the West Indies. In the West Indies, all these changes take
place in the same day. It blows in November.
There are several varieties. The double white, and
the double red begin to flower late in July, and continue until Autumn. A well known hardy plant and much
perennial plant, producing very showy rose-colored flowers, and makes a
good appearance in the border, and will thrive in any good garden soil.
It is an energetic grower with tough, effective foliage, and is easily propagated by seed. Flowers late in the
Hibiscus patersonii (Norfolk Island
A spongy wooded shrub, introduced in 1792, and flowering from
June to August.
A perennial introduced from Carolina in 1806, and flowering in
A dwarf wedge leaved Hibiscus. A greenhouse shrub introduced
from the Cape of Good Hope in 1774, and flowering in August.
Maple leaved Hibiscus. A shrub introduced from China in 1798,
and flowering from March to June
A shrub introduced from New South Wales in 1803, and
flowering in August and September. A medium to large shrub with large flowers. Comes in colors of white, pink
or yellow with a deep red centre.
A native of the West Indies, where the French cultivated great
quantities of it. The stalks and leaves are very hairy. The flowers come out from the wings of the leaves upon
pretty long footstalks which stand erect. They are large, of a sulphur color, with purple
Has broad five parted leaves and large yellow flowers, growing
up to 6 feet in height. It is a native of the West Indies where it is cultivated in gardens for food. It is the
chief ingredient in the celebrated pepper-pot of the West Indies. As a medicine
okra is used in all cafes where emollients and lubricants are